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SIJ: Forms You May Need

Forms that you file with USCIS require supporting evidence. The particular documents you send in with your forms depend on your situation.

This page provides information on forms you may have to file as an SIJ petitioner:

Please Note:  Everything Must Be Translated into English

Whatever you send to USCIS must either be written in English, or, if it is in a language other than English, you must also send an English translation.

  • The translation must be full and complete.
  • The translator must say, in writing,
    • That he or she is fluent in both English and in the language on the document being translated, and
    • That he or she is competent to translate the foreign language into English.

Note on Fees

Fees, filing locations, and the forms themselves, can change from time to time. You can make sure you have the right fee, filing location, and form by:

  • Visiting our Check Filing Fees page.
  • Telephoning the USCIS National Customer Service Center at 1-800-375-5283, and asking for the correct fee, filing location, and form edition date.

Form I-360, Petition for Amerasian, Widow(er), or Special Immigrant

Your Form I-360, Petition for Amerasian, Widow(er), or Special Immigrant should include:

  • Cover letter to USCIS indicating why you qualify as an SIJ;
  • Including a short history of how you came to be eligible for SIJ;
  • The supporting evidence given to the court, such as:
  • Your declaration to the court stating there is no one able or willing to care for you in your country,
  • Reports on the status of children in your country,
  • Letters from doctors or therapists;
  • Including this supporting evidence with your Form I-360 will help USCIS make the correct decision and may result in a quicker decision.

Your Form I-360 MUST include:

  • Certified copy of the court order showing the decisions mentioned in Eligibility for SIJ Status
  • The court order (or other certified court records) should say:
    • That you were declared dependent on the court or were placed with a state or private agency or an individual;
    • Why you should not be sent back your home country, and
    • Why you cannot be reunited with one or both of your parents due to abuse, abandonment, neglect, or a similar reason under state law.
  • Copy of your birth certificate, or other evidence of your age, and its English translation; 
  • Form G-28, Notice of Entry of Appearance as Attorney or Accredited Representative, if an attorney or accredited representative represents you;

Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status

Your Form I-485 should include:

  • Form G-325, Biographical Information
  • Four passport-style photographs 
  • Form I-693, Report of Medical Examination and Vaccination, must be in a sealed envelope, and:
    • Completed by a doctor designated by USCIS as a Civil Surgeon 
    • Medical examination within 12 months of date of the report. You can bring the Form I-693  to the Civil Surgeon on the day of your medical appointment;
    •  The appropriate filing fee, payable to U.S. Department of Homeland Security or Form I-912, Request for Fee Waiver, with supporting documentation

 If you file the Form I-485 after you file the Form I-360, you must include:

  • Copy of the Form I-797C, Notice of Action, (which shows that your Form I-360 was accepted).
  • Form G-28, Notice of Entry of Appearance as Attorney or Accredited Representative, if an attorney or accredited representative represents you;

Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization

Your Form I-765 should include:

  • File the Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, along with your Form I-485, or after you get the Form I-797C (which shows that your Form I-485 was accepted). 
  • Write (c)(9) in the blanks in item 16.

If you file the Form I-765 after you file the Form I-485, you must include:

  • Copy of the Form I-797C, Notice of Action, (which shows that your Form I-485 was accepted).
  • Form G-28, Notice of Entry of Appearance as Attorney or Accredited Representative, if an attorney or accredited representative represents you.
  • USCIS will mail you an appointment notice for fingerprinting.

Form I-601, Application for Waiver of Grounds of Inadmissibility

Your Form I-601 should include:

  • A written statement telling USCIS why you are (or think you are) ineligible for a green card
  • Certified copies of all court and police records
  • If you were convicted, the records need to show if you were convicted as a child or as an adult
  • You don’t have to give a second copy of the court records you already gave with the Form I 360
  • Any other evidence that shows exactly what you did or were convicted of.
  •  If you file the Form I-601 after you file the Form I-485, you must include:
    • Copy of the Form I-797C, Notice of Action, (which shows that your Form I-485 was accepted);
    • Copy of the written notice from USCIS stating that you appear to be ineligible and that you can file a Form I 601, if applicable.
  • Form G-28, Notice of Entry of Appearance as Attorney or Accredited Representative, if an attorney or accredited representative represents you;

And

  • The appropriate filing fee, payable to U.S. Department of Homeland Security,

or

  • Form I 912, Request for Fee Waiver, with supporting documentation.

 Form I-912, Request for Fee Waiver

Your Form I-912 should include:

  • Evidence from the court (or from HHS) showing who has legal custody of you,
  • On line 6, the form numbers for ALL fees that you cannot afford (that you are sending in the same envelope with this Form I-912), and 
  • Evidence of your income and expenses:
  • Follow the instructions for the  Form I-912, Request for Fee Waiver to decide what evidence to include;
    • If you have no income, explain why.
  • If you are in the legal custody of anyone except one of your parents, you do not have to include anybody else’s income. 
  • If you are in the legal custody of one of your parents, then you must include that parent’s income. 

 

 

Last Reviewed/Updated: 07/12/2011