Fee Waivers for Hurricane Katrina Victims

DHS Advises on Fee Waivers for Hurricane Katrina Victims AILA InfoNet Doc. No. 05092340, Sep. 23, 2005 U.S. Department of Homeland Security 20 Massachustts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20529

This notice serves to advise the field to be sensitive to the fact that Hurricane Katrina victims may in fact have no documentation to submit in addition to an affidavit or unsworn declaration to prove their “inability to pay.” Therefore, in such cases, it would be reasonable to grant a Hurricane Katrina victim”s fee waiver request for replacement of documents based only on the applicant”s affidavit or unsworn declaration. The affidavit or unsworn declaration should include the applicant”s address with zip code as of August 29, 2005, which the USCIS Officer should cross-check against the attached United States Postal Service List of affected areas by zip code to confirm that the applicant lives (or on August 29 lived) in an affected area.