Chapter 3 - Fees

ALERT: The Federal District Court for the Northern District of California in Seattle v. DHS has enjoined DHS from requiring use of the 10/24/19 edition of Form I-912, Request for Fee Waiver, and from adjudicating fee waiver requests in accordance with the October 25, 2019 USCIS Policy Alert or the USCIS Policy Manual Volume 1: General Policies and Procedures, Part B, Submission of Benefit Requests, Chapter 3, Fees and Chapter 4, Fee Waivers that were issued on October 25, 2019 and took effect on December 2, 2019.

Through May 26, 2020, DHS is also not requiring use of the 10/24/19 edition of Form I-912, Request for Fee Waiver, and will not apply the October 25, 2019 revisions to the USCIS Policy Manual Volume 1: General Policies and Procedures, Part B, Submission of Benefit Requests, Chapter 3, Fees and Chapter 4, Fee Waivers that took effect on December 2, 2019, or any of the other changes described by the October 25, 2019 USCIS Policy Alert (including supersession and rescission of the March 13, 2011 Policy Memorandum), pursuant to an order by the Federal District Court for the District of Columbia.

The 10/24/19 edition of the form and the provisions of Chapters 3 and 4 of the Policy Manual published on October 25, 2019 have been removed from the USCIS website. USCIS will accept the current 10/15/19 edition of Form I-912 and also accept prior editions or a written request. For applicable policies currently in effect, see Adjudicator's Field Manual (AFM) Chapters 10.9 (PDF, 3.01 MB) and 10.10 (PDF, 3.01 MB).

8 CFR 103.2 - Submission and adjudication of benefit requests

8 CFR 103.7 - Fees

INA 103, 8 CFR 103 - Powers and duties of the Secretary, the Under Secretary, and the Attorney General

INA 286(m) - Immigration examinations fee account   

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Technical Update - Moving the Adjudicator’s Field Manual Content into the USCIS Policy Manual

May 21, 2020

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is updating and incorporating relevant Adjudicator’s Field Manual (AFM) content into the USCIS Policy Manual. As that process is ongoing, USCIS has moved any remaining AFM content to its corresponding USCIS Policy Manual Part, in PDF format, until relevant AFM content has been properly incorporated into the USCIS Policy Manual. To the extent that a provision in the USCIS Policy Manual conflicts with remaining AFM content or Policy Memoranda, the updated information in the USCIS Policy Manual prevails. To find remaining AFM content, see the crosswalk between the AFM and the Policy Manual.

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POLICY ALERT - Submission of Benefit Requests

March 05, 2020

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is issuing policy guidance in the USCIS Policy Manual regarding submission of benefit requests to USCIS.

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Technical Update - Implementation of Fees for Submission of Benefit Requests

December 02, 2019

This technical update incorporates into Volume 1 the policy guidance that U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced October 25, 2019, regarding submission and acceptance of fees for immigration benefit requests. USCIS published this guidance with an effective date of December 2, 2019. Note: On December 11, 2019, the Federal District Court for the Northern District of California in Seattle v. DHS enjoined the Department of Homeland Security from requiring use of the new version of Form I-912, Request for Fee Waiver. USCIS has noted this in the corresponding Policy Manual guidance and reinstated the prior fee waiver policy guidance at AFM 10.9 and 10.10.

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POLICY ALERT - Fees for Submission of Benefit Requests

October 25, 2019

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is issuing policy guidance in the USCIS Policy Manual regarding submission and acceptance of fees for immigration benefit requests, with an effective date of December 2, 2019. Note: On December 11, 2019, the Federal District Court for the Northern District of California in Seattle v. DHS enjoined the Department of Homeland Security from requiring use of the new version of Form I-912, Request for Fee Waiver. USCIS has noted this in the corresponding Policy Manual guidance and reinstated the prior fee waiver policy guidance at AFM 10.9 and 10.10.

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Technical Update - Replacing the Term “Foreign National”

October 08, 2019

This technical update replaces all instances of the term “foreign national” with “alien” throughout the Policy Manual as used to refer to a person who meets the definition provided in INA 101(a)(3) [“any person not a citizen or national of the United States”].

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