Fee exceptions for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals

The USCIS is very unlikely to grant any sort of fee exception for the DACA program but there are some very rare circumstances that it may be granted with appropriate documentation. You would have to meet the very strict requirements for a waiver which include if you are under 18 and homeless, in foster care or your family is especially destitute. You also may be able to file for a waiver if you are severely disabled or financially crippled by medical bills.

In order to get a waiver you will have to write a letter to the USCIS which mentions your particular problem, a way to identify you, documentation that shows your detriment and it should be hand signed. USCIS will then review your request and then either approve or deny it. They will then send you a letter telling you whether or not you will receive an exemption.

If it is denied or the USCIS asks for more information re-send the waiver request before you submit your application for Deferred Action. It is important to keep in mind that if you are trying to get a fee waiver you should not send in your application for Deferred Action until you receive a letter from the USCIS that says that your fee has been waived. If you send in your Deferred Action application without the letter and without the fee your application will be summarily denied.

Documentation that you may need to show that you are eligible for a waiver can become extensive because you will want to prove, incontrovertibly, that you actually are eligible.

Birth certificates may be required to prove that you are younger than 18; affidavits to prove that you are homeless; a letter that confirms that you are in foster care; tax documents to show your income may all be requested to show that you are eligible. You might also need to show medical records attesting to your particular disability or the burden of your medical bills.

We can help you file for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.

This blog does not intend to establish any sort of attorney-client relationship, I am no lawyer. The purpose of this blog is to simply inform the public of some of the details involved in the new Deferred Action policy.