First-Ever Fee Waiver Form Makes Its Debut
For the first time, USCIS is introducing a standardized fee waiver form. The new form, entitled “Form I-912, Request for Fee Waiver”, is available for use today. The new fee schedule also takes effect today.
Comments received during the development of the form reflected applicants’ concerns and experiences in requesting fee waivers. We used many of the recommendations they provided to make the fee waiver form and its instructions easy to understand.
The form identifies clear requirements for documenting a fee waiver request and the instructions give information on the methodology that USCIS uses to evaluate the requests.
We are also seeking feedback on a new guidance memorandum documenting our consolidated policy for reviewing fee waiver requests. Stakeholders and the general public are encouraged to visit www.uscis.gov/outreach to review the new memorandum and offer their input.
USCIS’s latest fee rule expands the availability of fee waivers to several new categories. The new fee schedule also increases fees by a weighted average of about 10 percent, but does not increase the fee on naturalization applications.