Writing an Immigration Waiver Letter

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What Is a Waiver Letter for Immigration?

The immigration i-601 and hardship waiver i-912 are two of the many forms that you may be asked to provide when trying to gain citizenship within the US.

The immigration hardship waiver i-912 is used with many other applications, appeals, and requests to allow you to make your application without paying the applicable fees. As there are often many processes that you will have to go through this will often be a well-used form as you will need to make your request for each application form. Use of this process will allow you to get your citizenship for free if you meet their income and other requirements.

The i-601 is your application for waiver of grounds of inadmissibility. It is used to allow you to apply for an immigrant visa to re-enter the US after you have left after previously overstaying. After 180 days of being in the US unlawfully, you will require the waiver to overcome the bars placed due to your overstay. This applied for after you have left the country and have had your immigrant visa interview with the US consulate overseas. See also why you may need a citizenship waiver here.

You can also apply for a provisional unlawful presence waiver before you actually leave the US after overstaying. This has been implemented to attempt to reduce the time that people are separated from close family members that are already residing in the US. This can be gained prior to leaving the US to then apply for your immigrant visa.

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Making Your Immigration Hardship Waiver

I-912 form for requesting a fee waiver can be made with any of the many petitions and applications that you are required to make for citizenship and visa purposes. This form must be submitted along with all supporting documents for each individual form that you submit. You cannot submit the fee waiver individually or after you have submitted one of the many forms required; it must accompany the specific form for which you require the fee to be waived.

Who Is Eligible for an i-912 Waiver?

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Waivers are made based on financial hardship of some form. All applications through the US Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) are assessed based on their individual merits and there are no guarantees that any waiver will be granted. The following are the criteria that they will consider when granting a waiver:

  • Whether you are in receipt of any state of federal means-tested benefits such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
  • Whether the total household income is less than 150% of the federal poverty guidelines for the current year.
  • Whether you have any other financial hardships to contend with such as unexpected medical bills.

Examples of Waiver Letters for Immigration

You can see good examples of waiver letters for immigration waiver below.

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What Supporting Documentation Is Required?

All i-912 applications are made with your specific application such as for an i-600 waiver application for grounds of inadmissibility. They are sent through the mail rather than electronically to the specific address on the form that you are applying for a waiver for.

Attached to your i-912 should be your covering waiver letter that will summarize and detail out your reasons for requesting the waiver along with any supporting evidence that will be required. This will typically cover:

  • Evidence that you or a member of your household receives a means-tested benefit; this evidence must contain your name, the agency that grants the benefit, the specific type of benefit being paid, and the eligibility period that is covered.
  • Evidence to support your application based on income earned. This should clearly show earnings for the entire household as per IRS form 1040.
  • Evidence of other hardship such as paying medical bills.
  • A reference letter for immigration waiver or affidavit of support from a member of the community in good standing will be required to support your application on the grounds of hardship.
  • If you have no evidence that it has been lost you will need to include relevant police or fire reports.

What Fees Can Be Waived through an Immigration Waiver Letter

There are many applications that you will be required to make the USCIS and most have a fee associated with them. For instance, an application for a 601 immigration waiver will cost you $930 as currently priced for 2017. By submitting your i-912 with your i-601 you can potentially get the fee waived as long as you are eligible.

The following are some of the other forms that you can submit your i-912 with to gain a fee waiver:

  • Petition for a non-immigrant worker – form i-129
  • Application for travel document – form i-131
  • Application for advance permission to return to unrelinquished domicile – i-191
  • Notice of appeal or motion – i-290b
  • Biometric services fees under 8 CFR 212.7(e)
  • Application for waiver of grounds of inadmissibility – i-601
  • Application for employment authorization – i-765
  • Application to file declaration of Intention – N-300
  • Application for certification of citizenship – N-600f

See also 10 facts about the new provisional waiver process.

How to Write a Waiver Letter for Immigration?

Your i-912 should be supported with a waiver letter. This should clearly state that you are seeking a waiver of fees and detail out the reasons as to why you feel that fees should be waived. The following advice will help with your letter writing:

  • Ensure that your grounds for requesting a waiver are valid as per their requirements
  • Do not make your letter emotional; stick to clear facts to support your request
  • Do not write about anything that is not directly relevant to your request
  • Do not make any form of a complaint within your letter
  • Do not submit any letter that is not in clear and easy to understand English

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