Immigrants with low incomes should apply for fee waivers when they are trying to obtain citizenship in the United States, according to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. Fee waivers are only approved for applicants who provide documentation of their inability to afford the costs associated with applying for U.S. citizenship.
The first step for obtaining a fee waiver for the U.S. citizen application process is reading the instructions for the Request for Fee Waiver, which is also known as Form I-912, explains U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. For applicants using Form I-912, the e-filing service is not available so they must print and fill out a paper copy of this form.
The Request for Fee Waiver form has seven sections, reports U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. The first section asks for information about the applicant. The second section asks for information about the dependents of the applicant. The third section asks applicants the basis for their fee waiver claim. If the claim is based on having means-tested benefits, applicants should describe them in section four. Applicants are asked to provide their household income in section five and a description of any financial hardships they are facing in section six. Finally, in the last section of the form, applicants supply their signatures.