Immigration Lawyer Chicago/ Immigration Forms for U.S. Citizenship, Naturalization, and Admission/ Filing Form I-942 for a Fee Reduction
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) requires fees that are usually hundreds of dollars for nearly every application or petition. Those costs can be a massive barrier for some applicants. Form I-942 can help offset some of the costs.
Form I-942 is the USCIS fee reduction form to request a reduced fee for certain immigration applications and petitions. If you are approved for a USCIS fee reduction, you will be allowed to pay a reduced fee.
The Form I-942 is available to those who cannot afford the full fee for these forms:
The high cost of naturalization is significant for most people. The costs start at $640 just to file an application and $85 for the biometrics fee. Form I-942 can help alleviate this financial barrier for those whose income is less than 200% of the federal poverty guidelines and no less than 150%, which reduces the cost of the naturalization application to $320 instead of the full $640. Those who are approved for the reduced fee will still need to pay the biometrics fee. For those who qualify and are approved, there is still the possibility of a full fee waiver through Form I-912.
When you are filing for your fee reduction with Form I-942, you must include the form in the same package as your N-400 application for naturalization, in addition to your check or money order made out for the reduced fee amount. Be sure to include all supporting evidence to give you the best chance of being approved for the fee reduction.
There is no need to fill out a separate Form I-942 for each family member. As long as you list each family member on the form, you will be considered for fee reduction using the same form.
Those with an annual income no less than 150% and no more than 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines according to household size.
To request a fee reduction, you must complete and submit Form I-942 along with Form N-400, the Application for Naturalization. If you are approved for a fee reduction, you will only be required to pay $320 as well as the biometrics fee. If your household income is below 150%, you may be eligible for a fee waiver which you can request through Form I-912, Request for Fee Waiver.
USCIS provides two routes for those who may need assistance with fees associated with their naturalization application.
Form I-912 is the USCIS Fee Waiver Request form and is used when requesting a fee waiver for any USCIS form or application. This will waive the entirety of the application fee.
Form I-942 is the USCIS Request for Reduced Fee form for the filing fee associated with Form N-400, the naturalization application. If eligible, this will result in the applicant paying a reduced rate of $320 instead of the normal $640. If you are unsure which USCIS fee assistance form you need to submit, you can consult with an experienced immigration attorney who can help you determine which form is most appropriate for your situation.
USCIS may deny a request if the applicant:
If USCIS denies a fee waiver request, you can find out why by reading the denial notice (Form I-797, Notice of Action). After a denial, you’ll be required to pay the full USCIS filing fees in order to continue with your application for naturalization.
USCIS Form I-942 requests information about your immigration history, financial circumstances, and whether you have received a fee waiver in the past. USCIS may deny your request for a fee reduction if they find that you have the ability to pay the USCIS filing fee or if you have previously received a USCIS fee waiver.
Part 1. Information About You
This part of your form will ask you about your name, date of birth, and marital status. You will also be asked for your alien registration number which can be found on your permanent resident card, also known as your “green card”.
Part 2. Information About Your Family
Here, you will list members of your family that are also seeking a reduced fee. If no family members are filing with you then simply leave this section blank.
Part 3. Household Income
This will be the most robust portion of the application and is the most important. Make sure that all information is accurate and clear.
Part 4. Requestor’s Statement, Contact Information, Certification, and Signature
In this part of the form, you and any family members who are applying for the fee reduction will sign. Signing here will indicate that you and everyone else understand what you are signing, that the information is true and accurate, and that you are willing to take part in the biometrics appointment.
Part 5. Family Member’s Statement, Contact Information, Certification, and Signature
All family members included will need to sign and date here, including their contact information and whether or not they used an attorney or interpreter to assist with the form.
Part 6. Interpreter’s Contact Information, Certification, and Signature
If any applicants did use an interpreter, the interpreter would provide their contact information, certification, and signature.
Part 7. Contact Information, Declaration, and Signature of Person Preparing This Request, If Other Than the Requestor
If a preparer or attorney prepared this form for you they will complete this section for you.
Part 8. Additional Information
This section provides additional space if you run out of room while filling out the form. List the part and section numbers that this information pertains to while filling it in.
If you have any questions about how to fill out Form I-942 or what supporting documentation to submit with your form, please consult an experienced immigration attorney for assistance.
If you are applying for citizenship in the United States and need financial assistance with required forms or help navigating all the required forms, you can benefit from the support of an experienced immigration attorney. The legal team at Scott D. Pollock & Associates, P.C. are here to answer questions you may have regarding your eligibility for citizenship. Contact us today at 312.444.1940 or fill out our online contact form.