Fee Waiver Required Documents

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  • Are you receiving a means-tested benefit from a state or federal agency?
  • Is your household income at or below 150% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines at the time of filing?
  • Do you have a financial hardship situation that you want USCIS to consider when determining your eligibility for a fee waiver?

If you said yes to any of these questions, you may qualify for a fee waiver. If you receive a means-tested public benefit, CUNY Citizenship Now may be able to help you prepare a Request for a Fee Waiver at one of our citizenship events. Simply bring as many of the documents listed below with you to a Citizenship Now event. Attorneys and paralegals will review your materials and provide assistance with the fee waiver application. Although we cannot help you at events to prepare a Request for a Fee Waiver based on your household income or based on your financial hardship, we will review your documents at the event to see if you are eligible for a Fee Waiver and, if so, refer you to one of our immigration centers where you can receive free assistance to prepare the fee waiver application.

Note: The decision whether to waive the fee is made by the USCIS, NOT by our volunteers or attorneys.


Bring to the event as many of these items as possible:

  • Copy of award letter from the state or federal agency granting the benefit, e.g. SSI award letter and/or budget letter (if applicable). The letter must be on agency letterhead, dated within the past six months, and must clearly specify the name of the person receiving the benefit as well as the type or amount of benefit that has been awarded.
  • Copy of rental lease or notarized rental agreement with monthly receipts.
  • Copies of utility bills (electricity, cable and phone).
  • Copy of Federal tax returns for the most recent tax year listing members of the household.
  • Bank statements for the past three months.
  • Child support letter (if applicable).
  • Child school letter (if applicable).
  • Custody order showing that the child lives with you (if applicable).