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I-817, Application for Family Unity Benefits

Purpose of Form

For requesting initial benefits under the Family Unity Program, or to request an extension of such benefits.

Number of Pages

Form 10; Instructions 12.

Edition Date

06/26/13. A new edition of this form is coming soon. In the meantime, customers may file using the 06/26/13 edition. No previous editions accepted.

Where to File

Please read the filing instructions carefully.  See the "Direct Filing Addresses for Form I-817, Application for Family Unity" link here.

If you are filing at a lockbox, important filing tips, as well as additional information on fees and customer service, are listed on our Lockbox Filing Tips webpage.

E-Notification:  If you want to receive an e-mail and/or a text message that your Form I-817 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.

Filing Fee

$435. (An $85 per person fee for biometric services is required if you are 14 years of age or older.)

Special Instructions

This page can be found at

Last Reviewed/Updated: 06/30/2015