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Adjustment of status applicants get the Form I-131 fee waived in many cases.

The applicants who file Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status, simultaneously with Form I-131, Application for Travel Document, do not have to pay any fee for their Travel Document (only the stipulated fee for Form I-485).

If you filed Form I-485 on or after July 30, 2007, paid the corresponding fee and your Form I-485 is still pending, the fee for Form I-131 will be also waived if:

  • you now hold U.S. refugee or asylee status, and are applying for a Refugee Travel Document (Part 2, item 1.b. of Form I-131); or
  • you are applying for an Advance Parole Document to allow you to return to the United States after temporary foreign travel (Part 2, item 1.d. of Form I-131).

If you choose to file Form I-131 separately while your Form I-485 is still pending, you will have to additionally submit a copy of your I-797, Notice of Action, receipt as evidence that you filed and paid for the adjustment of status application.

Also, you may be eligible for a fee waiver due to inability to pay the filing fee (under 8 CFR 103.7c). If you believe you are eligible for this waiver, you should submit Form I-912, Request for Fee Waiver, and enforce it with convincing evidence.

Meanwhile, note that failure to submit all required evidence and documentation when filing Form I-485 may also delay the processing of all related applications based on Form I-485, including Form I-131.

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