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USCIS Publishes First-Ever Proposed Fee Waiver Form

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U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has proposed a standardized fee waiver form in an effort to provide relief for financially disadvantaged individuals seeking immigration benefits.

Form Highlights    

  • The form will standardize the way applicants and petitioners submit a fee waiver request to USCIS by providing clear criteria to the applicant and bringing consistency to the application process.
  • The form proposes clear evidentiary requirements. For example if an applicant can show that he/she has received a means-tested benefit in the last 6 months and has evidence to document this claim, he/she does not need to submit further evidence.
  • The form instructions provide guidance on the application types for which a fee waiver can be requested.
  • One Form I-912 may be filed for both the underlying application fee as well as the biometrics fee associated with that application.
  • USCIS officers will be trained on how to adjudicate the form after the Office of Management and Budget approves its use.

The Form I-912 will be available for public comment at www.regulations.gov until September 13, 2010.

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Written by MithrasLaw

July 17, 2010 at 6:10 pm

Posted in Immigration

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