I recently submitted my I-751 pack for Removal of conditions, and currently, the money in our home is pretty tight. When I was looking into the fee waiver experiences in the forum I couldn't find a lot of information. Most people would either get denied or didn't try to request one. I want to share my experience with my fee waiver. As a reminder, a fee waiver is granted on a case-by-case basis, anything written on this post is for informational purposes only.
I submitted my original package on August 18th, my I-751 application and I-912 Request for Fee waiver together. My Conditional Green Card was expiring on September 5th. I sent supporting documentation for both forms. Just today I received my NOA (09/12) and it was postmarked on 09/07. Along with my I-751, I sent a check for $85 biometrics fee. I wasn't sure about this, but I assumed it was necessary.
About us: My husband (US Citizen) and I got married on 2014. Last December our first baby was born. Right now I stay at home with her while my husband has a full-time job. Our baby was a preemie and has some developmental delays which make me concerned of sending her to daycare as she needs undivided attention and we couldn't afford a specialized one. Our annual gross income is 35k a couple thousands over the 150% poverty line. We live paycheck to paycheck with very little to no savings so far. In July this year we had a bad leak in our roof, which we had to get replaced and pay with credit cards. Ever since I stopped working (due to pregnancy complications), we have been using our credit cards to supplement our income. At the time of the application, I calculated our credit card debt to be a little over 10k and we are repaying a bank loan of 7k, which we took two years ago to consolidate my husband's credit card debt back then. We are also paying a mortgage on our home.
I used Financial Hardship as the reason for my request and to support my request I submitted the following:
- Copies of my checking and savings account statement for the last three months.
- Paystubs of my husband's job for the last four months.
- A statement of Zero income from me (due to my lack of employment).
- Credit card statements
- Mortgage statement
- Personal loan statement
- Auto insurance bill
- All our utility bills including our cell phone bills
Originally, I was going to get a loan to pay the fee, but that would only set us even deeper in debt. I took a chance at requesting a fee waiver and it worked. I was told by the reps at the National USCIS number, that even if my fee waiver was denied, I would still be able to submit the check and send the application back. I hope this helps anyone thinking of requesting a fee waiver.