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Will USCIS Waive Application Fees?

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Question: Will USCIS Waive Application Fees?
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) charges filing fees for an application, petition, motion or request. But what happens if you are unable to pay the required fees? Is there any way to have these fees waived?
Answer:

USCIS officers have broad discretion in granting fee waivers. To be considered for a few waiver, an applicant must establish that he/she is unable to pay.

Available Fee Waivers

Fee waivers are available on the following forms:

  1. I-90, I-751, I-765, I-817, N-300, N-336, N-400,N-470, N-565, N-600, N-600K
  2. I-290B - if related to an appeal or motion filed with USCIS concerning one of the other fee waiver-eligible forms
  3. I-485 - only in the case of an alien in T (victims of human trafficking) or U (victims of a violent crime who assist in the prosecution) in lawful nonimmigrant status, an asylee, an approved self-petitioning battered or abused spouse, parent or child of a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident
  4. I-485 - an applicant who does not have to show he or she will not become a public charge for adjustment of status purposes according to section 212(a)(4) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), as amended.

In addition, Temporary Protected Status (TPS) applicants may request a few waiver for the following fees:

  • Application for Temporary Protected Status (Form I-821)
  • Application for Employment Authorization (Form I-765)
  • Application for Waiver of Ground of Inadmissibility (Form I-601)
  • Biometrics fee

The fee for the Application for Travel Document, (Form I-131), is not waivable. Visit USCIS for more information about TPS fee waivers.

Exempt From Fee Waivers

Fees may not be waived for the following forms:

  • "Passenger Travel Reports via Sea and Air" and for special statistical tabulations
  • The additional sum prescribed by section 245(i) of the Act when applying for adjustment of status under section 245
  • Form I-907, Request for Premium Processing Services
  • Forms G-1041 and G-1041A, Genealogy Program request forms

Fee Waiver Resources

For complete information including how to apply for a fee waiver and a list of the documents accepted as proof of inability to pay, see "USCIS Fee Waiver Guidance" at www.uscis.gov/feewaiver.

USCIS posts a Filing Fee Schedule, but fees change periodically so you should always refer the to current Forms and Instructions for the most up-to-date fees.

Title 8, Code of Federal Regulations outlines which forms and services qualify for fee exemption or fee waiver eligibility. Details can be found in Section 103.7(c).

Source: USCIS

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