USCIS Updates Fee Waiver Requirements

USCIS Updates Fee Waiver Requirements


This is Teacher Jennifer from US
Citizenship Podcast. Today we’re going to discuss the USCIS updates to the I-912 Fee Waiver requirements. This is a press release dated October 25th 2019 from USCIS. SUMMARY: The October 25th 2019 press release changes 3 things. First: USCIS updated form I-912 Request for Fee Waiver by removing receipt of means-tested benefits to establish eligibility. Second: Individuals may still request a fee waiver if their documented annual household income is at or below one hundred and fifty percent of the Federal Poverty Guidelines; OR they demonstrate financial hardship. Third: The new policy is effective on December 2, 2019. ELIGIBILITY: You can submit an I-912 Fee Waiver for your N-400 Application for Naturalization if you provide the documents that show you, your spouse, or head of household living with you are currently receiving a means-tested benefit. Your household income is at or below 150 percent of the Federal Poverty Guidelines at the time you file. You are currently experiencing financial hardship that prevents you from paying the filing fee including unexpected medical bills or emergencies. WHAT IS A MEANS-TESTED BENEFIT? “Means” is defined as the money or income that you have. For example: I don’t have the means to support a family. Means-tested Benefit is a public benefit where the agency granted the benefit considers your income and resources. Examples of means-tested benefit programs are: Medicaid SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program–formerly called Food Stamps) TANF (Temporary Assistance to Needy Families ) SSI (Supplemental Security Income) Examples of programs that are not Means-tested Benefits include Medicare Unemployment benefits Social Security benefits Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) Retirement, Survivors & Disability Insurance (RSDI) Student financial aid/loans/grants HOW TO SHOW THAT YOU ARE CURRENTLY RECEIVING A MEANS-TESTED BENEFIT You must provide evidence that you are currently receiving means-tested benefit computer
pronounced or official documents must include the required information your
name the name of the agency granting the public benefit the type of benefit and
an indication that you’re currently receiving that benefit for example the
date granted expiration date and/or the date of renewal if available federal
poverty guidelines you may qualify for a fee waiver if your household income is
at or below one hundred and fifty percent of the federal poverty
guidelines at the time you file below is a table for the federal poverty
guidelines for the 48 contiguous states there’s a separate table for Hawaii and
Alaska for example you are in a household with one person a
hundred and fifty percent of the federal poverty guidelines says that you must
must earn a hundred and eighteen thousand seven hundred and thirty five
for a household of two you are you must earn twenty five thousand three hundred
and sixty five and so on financial hardship a hardship is something that
makes your life difficult especially a lack of money or the condition of having
a difficult life you may qualify for a fee waiver if you have financial
hardship write a detailed description of why you had the financial hardship on
the i-91 to form and provide evidence if you cannot provide evidence of financial
hardship write a letter and explain why you cannot provide the evidence you may
want to include an affidavit from a community member who can provide more
insight into your situation in case of a natural disaster fire robbery etc
provide a copy of a police report insurance claim or other report how
requesting a fee waiver affects your current immigration status relying
primarily a public cash assistance for income maintenance can affect your
eligibility for some immigration benefits depending on your totality of
the circumstances you may be inadmissible to the United States and
therefore ineligible for certain immigration benefits like a green card
because you are more than likely not to become a public charge you may also be
deportable for already having become a public charge within five years
entering the United States for reasons that arose before you entered the
country when deciding your fee waiver request USCIS will not consider the
possibility that you might be inadmissible or deportable as a public
charge USCIS will decide your fee waiver requests separately from making a
decision about your eligibility for the immigration benefit however being
inadmissible as a public charge may make you ineligible for the benefit that you
seek USCIS will deny your application or petition if we determine that it
involves false documentation or fraud in a further note if you’re applying for
application for naturalization you have already probably proved that you are not
a public charge now let’s read the October 25th 2019 press release
USCIS updates fee waiver requirements Washington u US Citizenship and
Immigration Services has revised the form i-9 one to regret quest for free
waiver by removing the means-tested benefits that was previously used as a
factor in determining whether an applicant was exempt from paying for
filing fees or biometric services individuals may still request a fee
waiver if they’re documented annual household income is at or below one
hundred and fifty percent of the federal poverty guidelines or they demonstrate
financial hardship a means-tested benefit is a public benefit offered by
federal state and local agencies for which eligibility and amount
duration z’ are based on a person’s income and resources USC is formally
considered Medicaid Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program temporary
assistance to needy families and Supplemental Security income during
eligibility evaluations the USCIS has determined that receiving a means-tested
benefit is not an appropriate criteria in reviewing fee waiver request because
income levels used to decide local assistance eligibility vary greatly from
state to state quote USCIS relies on fees to cover the
cost of adjudicating applications and petitions implementing operational
efforts and ensuring the nation’s lawful immigration system is properly
administered said USCIS acting director Ken Cuccinelli USCIS waives hundreds of
millions of dollars in fees annually the revised fee waiver process will improve
the integrity of the program and the quality and consistency of fee waiver
approvals going forward providing clear direction to agency adjudicators for
more uniform determinations will help us to uphold our mission of efficiently and
fairly adjudicating immigration requests USCIS has estimated that the dollar
amount of fee waivers increase from around three hundred and forty four
point three million dollars in fiscal year 2016 to three hundred and sixty
seven point nine million dollars in fiscal year 2017
in 2018 the estimated annual dollar amount of fee waivers USCIS granted was
two hundred and ninety three point five million fee revenues account for more
than 95 percent of the u.s. CIS budget under the revised criteria individuals
may still request a fee waiver if they’re documented annual household
income is at or below 150% of the federal poverty guidelines or if they
demonstrate financial hardship however USCIS will require applicants to
complete form i-9 1 to submit supporting documentation including federal income
tax transcripts USCIS will not accept a letter stating the applicant is unable
to afford the filing fees or biometric services without a completed form i-9 1
– as of December 2nd 2019 those seeking a fee waiver must submit the October
24th 2019 version of this form to request a waiver of a required fief or
immigration benefits after December 2nd 2019 USCIS will reject any form i-9 one
– with an addition date of March 13th 2018 or earlier a fee waiver request
submitted with a letter or documentation of a receipt of means-test a benefit to
show eligibility for a fee waiver USCIS will adjudicate any fee waiver request
post-market before December 2nd under the previous policy the new form does not change the
applications and petitions that are eligible for fee waiver for a list of
eligible applications of petition C form i-9 one two instructions in addition
USCIS has updated policy guidance in the USCIS policy manual to accompany this
form revision the updated policy guidelines is effective on December 2nd for more information on USCIS and their
programs visit us CIS gov or follow us CIS on Twitter Instagram YouTube
Facebook and LinkedIn for more information on the i9 one to request for
fee waiver visit form i-9 one to request for fee waiver @ww USCIS gov slash i-91
– additional information on filing a fee waiver is available at WWE USCIS gov
slash fee waiver for quick discussion about the n400 fee waivers and fee
reductions watch our video posted on January 18
2018 available at Bentley /i – 9 1 2 – 2018 thanks for watching I know you will
be a great American citizen thank you so much bye-bye

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