USCIS recognizes that not all people can afford the fees for filing immigration forms. Guidelines have been established so that filers with the greatest need receive this benefit.
USCIS Fee Waiver Eligibility
To be eligible for a fee waiver, one of the following must be met:
- You or qualified members of your household are currently receiving a means-tested benefit. A means-tested benefit is one for which the individuals’ income/resources determine eligibility and/or the benefit amount.
- Your household income is at or below the 150% poverty level at the time you file. Check the current poverty levels for this year at: Form I-912P, HHS Poverty Guidelines for Fee Waiver Requests.
- You are experiencing a financial hardship that prevents you from paying the filing fee, including unexpected medical bills or emergencies.
How to Request USCIS Fee Waiver
To request a fee waiver, you should file USCIS Form I-912, Request for Fee Waiver. USCIS will accept a written request, but Form I-912 will provide you the guidelines and structure for the request. File Form I-912 with the form for which you are requesting a fee waiver.
Download Form I-912, Request for Fee Waiver
Download Form I-912 Instructions