Fee Waiver Community Alert

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This community alert provides key information about upcoming changes to the fee waiver process, which allows some applicants to submit their immigration applications without having to pay the filing fee if they cannot afford it. In the coming months, one of the easiest and most straightforward ways of proving that you qualify for a fee waiver request will be going away. Find out more information about this upcoming change and submit your application now if you might qualify for a fee waiver!

UPDATE: On October 24, 2019, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued a new fee waiver request form, making the changes discussed above. The changes were scheduled to go into effect on December 2, 2019. However, on December 9, 2019, a federal district court judge in California enjoined the new fee waiver form and policy. This means that USCIS is not permitted to use the new fee waiver form at this time. See Fee Waiver: Status of Proposed Changes for the latest information on the status of fee waiver changes. If you qualify for a fee waiver request based on receiving public benefits, or based on your income or a financial hardship, you should meet with a legal representative now about submitting your applications using the current fee waiver request form.