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:
- I-90, I-751, I-765, I-817, N-300, N-336, N-400,N-470, N-565, N-600, N-600K
- I-290B - if related to an appeal or motion filed with USCIS concerning one of the other fee waiver-eligible forms
- 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
- 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.
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).