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Can I file immigration forms for free?

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Due to my low income, I receive public assistance for myself and my two US citizen children. Do I qualify for free filing? I.e I-485, I-765, I-131?

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You may qualify for a fee waiver. I would suggest that you carefully read Form I-912, Request for a Fee Waiver and its Instructions.

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probably not, although some forms do have a fee exemption and you have to specifically request it (I believe there is a separate form). Not all forms have the exemption though.

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Possibly. Some forms qualify for fee waivers, but some do not. Also, whether you are eligible for a fee waiver will depend on your particular circumstances. You should read instructions for Form I-912.

Contact attorney Gintare Grigaite, Esq. at 201-471-7989, located in New York and New Jersey. Answers on AVVO do not constitute legal advice and do not form attorney-client relationship. Always consult an attorney for a legal advice.

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If the basis for your I-485 is one that your requires you to prove you are not likely to become a public charge, and in fact you are a public charge - meaning that you receive money from the government in order to meet your living expenses, you may have other issues besides the filing fee to consider.

The above is intended only as general information, and does not constitute legal advice. You must speak with an attorney to discuss your individual case.

Asker

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I am a battered spouse that has an approved I-360. The first prima facie that I got made me eligible for public assistance. Since I ran away from my abusive husband, I haven't been able to make enough money for three people to not be considered low-income.

Stephen D. Berman

Stephen D. Berman

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Yes, you can get a fee waiver for vitually all of the forms you are filing. Check the form instructions for the form I-912.

Asker

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Mr. Berman, you've been very helpful. Thank you! :)

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