Common Issues and Resolutions
When applicants file the I-131, Application for Travel Document, they may encounter several issues related to fees. Here are common problems and straightforward solutions to ensure smooth processing.
Issue: Uncertain Fee Amounts
Resolution: Applicants should use the USCIS Fee Calculator to determine the correct amount. Fees vary depending on the application type.
Issue: Waiver Eligibility
Resolution: For those eligible, the I-131 filing fee can be waived. Eligibility criteria include applicants filing for a Refugee Travel Document or an Advance Parole Document under certain circumstances. The USCIS Form I-912 must be submitted for fee waiver requests.
Issue: Separate Payments for Associated Forms
Resolution: If the I-131 application is filed with other forms that require fees, separate payments must be made. For instance, the Form I-907 for premium processing requires a separate fee.
Issue: Incorrect Fee Submission
Resolution: If an applicant submits an incorrect fee, USCIS is likely to reject the application. Ensure that the fee submitted matches the current USCIS fee schedule.
To avoid application rejection, always verify fee amounts and payment instructions directly with current USCIS guidelines and utilize resources like the USCIS Fee Calculator for accuracy. Applications must include correct fees or completed waiver requests to prevent processing delays.
- Recheck the USCIS website for the most recent fee information before filing.
- Make sure to include all necessary forms and payments to avoid incomplete application submission.
- Follow the specific mailing instructions provided by USCIS for fee payments.