Most forms or applications submitted to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) require a filing fee. However, applicants may request a fee waiver for certain forms or applications if they are eligible for a fee waiver. A complete list of forms eligible for a fee waiver is available on the Form I-912 Instructions.

In order to request a fee waiver, the applicant must demonstrate they are unable to pay the filing fee because:

  • They are receiving a means-tested benefit;
  • Their household income is below 150 percent of the federal Poverty Guidelines; or
  • They have a financial hardship.

Each year, USCIS publishes the Poverty Guidelines for fee waiver requests. The applicant’s household income must be at or below the published guidelines for the applicant’s household size.

The 2019 Poverty Guidelines for Fee Waiver Requests listed below, which were published in March 2019, took effect on January 11, 2019. These Poverty Guidelines will remain in place until new guidelines go into effect in 2020:

Household Size

150% of Poverty Guidelines


















Add $6,630 for each additional person

To see the full list, visit USCIS’ website.