United States Code

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§ 5174b.
Critical document fee waiver
In general
Notwithstanding section 214 of title 22 or any other provision of law, the President, in consultation with the Governor of a State, may provide a waiver under this subsection to an individual or household described in section 5174(e)(1) of this title for the following document replacement fees:
The passport application fee for individuals who lost their United States passport in a major disaster within the preceding three calendar years.
The file search fee for a United States passport.
The Application for Waiver of Passport and/or Visa form (Form I–193) fee.
The Permanent Resident Card replacement form (Form I–90) filing fee.
The Declaration of Intention form (Form N–300) filing fee.
The Naturalization/Citizenship Document replacement form (Form N–565) filing fee.
The Employment Authorization form (Form I–765) filing fee.
The biometric service fee.
Exemption from form requirement

The authority of the President to waive fees under subparagraphs (C) through (H) of paragraph (1) applies regardless of whether the individual or household qualifies for a Form I–912 Request for Fee Waiver, or any successor thereto.

Exemption from assistance maximum

The assistance limit in section 5174(h) of this title shall not apply to any fee waived under this subsection.


Not later than 365 days after October 5, 2018, the Administrator and the head of any other agency given critical document fee waiver authority under this subsection shall submit a report to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs of the Senate and the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure of the House of Representatives on the costs associated with providing critical document fee waivers as described in paragraph (1).

(Pub. L. 115–254, div. D, § 1238(a), Oct. 5, 2018, 132 Stat. 3465.)
cite as: 42 USC 5174b