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I-212, Application for Permission to Reapply for Admission into the United States After Deportation or Removal

Purpose of Form

An alien who is inadmissible under section 212(a)(9)(A) or (C) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) files Form I-212 to obtain "consent to reapply for admission" that is required before the alien can lawfully return to the United States. "Consent to reapply" is also called "permission to reapply."

Number of Pages

Form 3; Instructions 13.

Edition Date

03/12/14. (12/16/12, 06/04/12, 09/11/11 and 11/23/10 edition also accepted)

Where to File

The filing address depends on why you are filing.  Please review the form instructions for information on where to mail your application.

Filing Fee

$585. No biometric fee is required.

Special Instructions

Lockbox Filing: If you are filing at a USCIS Lockbox facility, please read these important Lockbox Filing Tips.

E-Notification: If you want to receive an e-mail and/or text message that your Form I-212 has been accepted at a USCIS Lockbox facility, complete Form G-1145, E-Notification of Application/Petition Acceptance and clip it to the first page of your application.

If you are inadmissible only under INA section 212(a)(9)(A), you should file this form if you are: 

  • An applicant for an immigrant visa; 
  • An applicant for adjustment of status under INA section 245 (other than as a T or U nonimmigrant seeking adjustment of status under 8 CFR 245.23 or 245.24); or 
  • An applicant who wishes to seek admission as a nonimmigrant at a U.S. port of entry but who is not required to obtain a nonimmigrant visa. (If you are an applicant for a nonimmigrant visa at a U.S. consulate, and you are required to obtain consent to reapply because of your inadmissibility, the consulate with jurisdiction over your visa application will advise you how to request consent to reapply. You may not be required to file the Form I-212 to receive consent to reapply.)

If you are inadmissible under INA section 212(a)(9)(C), you should file this form if you are: 

  • An applicant for an immigrant visa; or 
  • An applicant who wishes to seek admission as a nonimmigrant at a U.S. port of entry but who is not required to obtain a nonimmigrant visa. (If you are an applicant for a nonimmigrant visa at a U.S. consulate, and you are required to obtain consent to reapply because of your inadmissibility, the consulate with jurisdiction over your visa application will advise you how to request consent to reapply. You may not be required to file the Form I-212 to receive consent to reapply.)

If you are inadmissible under INA section 212(a)(9)(C), you may NOT file  this Form while you are in the United States. You cannot obtain consent to reapply unless you are seeking admission to the United States more than 10 years after your last departure from the United States.

Note: A VAWA self-petitioner who is inadmissible under INA section 212(a)(9)(C) may seek a waiver of inadmissibility by filing a Form I-601, Application for Waiver of Grounds of Inadmissibility, under INA section 212(a)(9)(C)(iii). The Form I-601 may be filed instead of this Form I-212.  See the filing instructions for Form I-601 for further information. 

This page can be found at http://www.uscis.gov/i-212

Last Reviewed/Updated: 07/02/2013