For the first time in its history, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) have now introduced a fee waiver form that is available for eligible applicants. Are you eligible to apply for Form I-912 Request for Fee Waiver? USCIS provides an overview on what the new Form I-912 will mean for applicants.
The Introduction of Form I-912
Form I-912 Request for Fee Waiver was introduced on 23 November 2010, the same day that USCIS introduced its new fee schedule, which saw an average 10 percent increase in most immigration forms, fees, benefits and petitions.
Purpose of Form I-912 Request for Fee Waiver
In July 2010, during a stakeholders’ meeting, USCIS listened to concerns about how the absence of a standardised form had led to confusion about the certain criteria that are used to approve waivers of fees. The comments that were generated also included comments from applicants who had requested fee waivers. They also recommended making USCIS forms easier to understand for non-native English speakers.
According to USCIS Director Alejandro Mayorkas, “Our goal is to bring clarity and consistency to immigration-benefit services. The development of the new fee waiver form reflects our commitment to making improvements through extensive collaboration with the public.”
Requirements when Requesting a Fee Waiver
Form I-912 Request for Fee Waiver mentions clear requirements that must be presented in order to process an applicant’s fee waiver request. Not only does the form make it clear what is required, but it also spells out the methodology used when evaluating requests for a fee waiver. An example of this is when an applicant is seeking a fee waiver based on their means-tested benefits. In order to substantiate this claim, the applicant will need to present evidence to support their claim. After evidence has been submitted with the form, there is no need to submit any further evidence of limited means.
Expanded Fee Waiver Categories
USCIS has expanded the fee waivers to several new categories, which will benefit many who are seeking a fee waiver for their application.
U.S. immigration is very costly and with the increase in USCIS’s form fee schedule on 23 November 2010, many more applicants will not be able to meet the cost of their benefits. If you would like to know more about Form I-912 Request for Fee Waiver and to find out if you qualify for a fee waiver, go here to download a copy and read the informational pages on instructions and general guidelines.
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, USCIS Introduces First-Ever Fee Waiver Form.