Form I-942, Request for Reduced Fee

Form I-942, Request for Reduced Fee

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What is Form I-942

  • Form I-942, “Request for Reduced Fee,” is a form used by individuals who are requesting a reduced naturalization fee (Form N-400)
  • The request for a reduced fee is based on applicant’s annual household income (greater than 150% but less than 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines)
  • Form I-942 can be used to request a reduced fee for naturalization application only
  • Applicants must demonstrate their inability to pay the full fee and provide supporting documentation as evidence of their eligible income
  • If multiple members of the same household are applying for naturalization at the same time, one Form I-942 can be used for all applicants
  • If your request is approved, you will pay a reduced naturalization fee of $320 (vs the regular fee of $725)

Who can file Form I-942?

To file Form I-942, “Request for Reduced Fee,” applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Eligible income: the documented annual household income is greater than 150% but less than 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines
  • Eligible Immigration Benefit: Form I-942 can only be used only for Form N-400, Application for Naturalization. To request a fee waiver for other immigration forms, check our Form I-912, Request for Fee Waiver guide.
  • Supporting Documentation: Applicants must provide supporting documentation to demonstrate their claim annual household income. This may include tax returns, pay stubs,W-2 and 1099 form(s), or other relevant financial records.

How to file Form I-942

To file Form I-942, “Request for Reduced Fee,” you need to take the following steps:

Step 1. Review Eligibility Criteria: 

  • Review the eligibility criteria for requesting a reduced fee first
  • Your income can be greater than 150% but less than 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines

Step 2. Download the Form: 

  • You cannot file Form N-400 online if you are requesting a reduced fee, you must file a paper Form N-400
  • Obtain the most current version of Form I-942 from the official USCIS website 
  • Using an outdated version of the form will lead in rejection of your request

Step 3. Complete the Form: 

  • Fill out Form I-942 accurately and completely
  • Answer all questions
  • If a question does not apply to you, enter “N/A” (not applicable
  • Sign and date the form
  • USCIS does not accept typed or stamped signatures. It must be a handwritten signature in ink

Step 4. Gather Supporting Documents: 

  • Collect supporting documentation to demonstrate your annual household income
  • The documents below must be provided for yourself and for each of your household member:
    • Most recent federal tax return 
    • Pay stubs for the last 6 months
    • Most recent W-2 form or 1099 form
    • Most recent Form SSA-1099 (if applicable)
    • Employment verification signed by your employer on a company letterhead stating your salary or wages paid and number of hours 
    • Proof of full-time enrollment in an educational institution (for students)
    • Parental support
    • Alimony
    • Child support (court order and documentation demonstrating the actual amount of child support received)
    • Educational stipends
    • Pensions
    • Social Security payments
    • Royalties
    • Veterans benefits
    • Unemployment benefits (Form 1099-MISC, plus federal tax return)

Step 5. Submit the Form:

  • Ensure you include all required documentation (submit photocopies only) with your application
  • Put a signed and dated Form I-942 on top of your Form N-400 application
  • You must submit the reduced fee ($320) and the biometrics fee ($85) for your Form N-400 along with your Form I-942. Total: $405. USCIS fees are subject to change, check the most recent reduced fee
  • Mail Your Application: Form I-942 along with Form N-400 must be submitted to the correct Form N-400 filing address provided on the USCIS website.

Step 6. Await USCIS Response: 

  • Once USCIS receives your application, they will register your Form N-400 it and notify you of their decision
  • If approved, USCIS will continue processing your Form N-400 for a reduced fee

Form I-942 checklist of documents

When filing Form I-942, you need to submit photocopies of the following documents (for yourself and for each family member counted in your household):

  • The documents below must be provided for yourself and for each of your household member:
  • Most recent federal tax return 
  • Pay stubs for the last 6 months
  • Most recent W-2 form or 1099 form
  • Most recent Form SSA-1099 (if applicable)
  • Employment verification signed by your employer on a company letterhead stating your salary or wages paid and number of hours 
  • Proof of full-time enrollment in an educational institution (for students)
  • Parental support
  • Alimony
  • Child support (court order and documentation demonstrating the actual amount of child support received)
  • Educational stipends
  • Pensions
  • Social Security payments
  • Royalties
  • Veterans benefits
  • Unemployment benefits (Form 1099-MISC, plus federal tax return)

Where to send Form I-942

Form I-942 along with Form N-400 (Application for Naturalization) must be submitted to the correct Form N-400 filing address provided on the USCIS website.

Failure to mail the application to the correct filing address will result in rejection or significant delays in processing.

Form I-942 filing fee

There is no filing fee to file Form I-942, “Request for Reduced Fee.” 

However, you must submit the reduced fee ($320) and the biometrics fee ($85) for your Form N-400 along with your Form I-942. Total fees: $405. 

USCIS fees are subject to change, check the most recent reduced fee.

Failure to submit the correct filing fee will result in rejection of your application.

Related Links:

Form I-912, Request for Fee Waiver

U.S. Citizenship Application Guide – N-400

How Much Does it Cost to Become a U.S. Citizen? N-400