USCIS Introduces Fee Waiver FormPosted by Murali Bashyam on Nov 27, 2010 in General, News | 0 comments
For the first time, U.S. CitizenshipThe country in which a person is born (and has not renounced or lost citizenship) or naturalized and to which that person owes allegiance and by which he or she is entitled to be protected. and Immigration Services (USCIS) is introducing a standardized form for requesting waivers of the fees charged for immigration-benefit processing. Form I-912, Request for Fee Waiver, will become available for use on Nov. 23, 2010 – the same day USCIS’s latest fee schedule takes effect.
The new form identifies clear requirements for documenting a fee waiver request. The form’s instructions also give information on the methodology that USCIS uses to evaluate the requests. For example, if an applicantPerson who wants something for him/herself and makes a request for it (asks for it). The request is usually in writing. can show that he or she is receiving a means-tested benefit and presents evidence to document that claim, then there is no requirement to submit further evidence. USCIS will use the same methodology in reviewing all fee waiver requests, whether submitted on the new Form I-912 or in a written statement generated by the applicantPerson who wants something for him/herself and makes a request for it (asks for it). The request is usually in writing. .
USCIS’s latest fee rule, which takes effect Nov. 23, 2010, expands the availability of fee waivers to several new categories. The final rule also increases fees by a weighted average of about 10 percent, but does not increase the fee on naturalizationThe conferring, by any means, of citizenship upon a person after birth. applications.
You can access the new I-912 fee waiver form at www.uscis.gov.