Last year, based on my W-2, I had received only $1000 above the limit for not paying Green Card application fee. I cannot afford the application fee for the Green Card now. I am a refugee and I'm trying to find a job, but no success yet. Is there any way the USCIS would accept me not to pay the Green Card application fee?
As they like to say here in the USA "one does not get penalized for trying.." Try and file a fee waiver again, and see what happens. Note that USCIS does not receive funding from Congress, but instead is a "fee driven" agency which entirely maintains and runs itself with the filing fees it receives from applicants/petitioners. That is why it abhors (detests) granting fee waivers, and as you already saw, will use the smallest excuse in order to deny one of those..
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You can file for a waiver of the green card fee but it is unlikely to be granted.
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