I-918, Petition for U Nonimmigrant Status

ALERT: USCIS is reverting to the intake process we applied before October 2019 to Form I-589, Form I-612, and Form I-918. We will not automatically reject your form if you leave a space blank. However, we may reject your form or your case might take more time if you leave required spaces blank, if you do not respond to questions related to filing requirements, or if you omit any required initial evidence, as indicated in the form instructions or regulations.

If you are an alien and are a victim of a qualifying criminal activity, use this form to petition for temporary immigration benefits for yourself and your qualifying family members, as appropriate.

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Edition Date

04/24/19. We will publish a new edition of this form soon. In the meantime, you may continue using the 04/24/19 edition despite the expiration date. You can find the edition date at the bottom of the page on the form and instructions.

Dates are listed in mm/dd/yy format.

Where to File
If you are filing because:Then file your Form I-918 at:

You are:

An alien and a victim of a qualifying criminal activity. Use this form to petition for temporary immigration benefits for yourself and your qualifying family members, as appropriate

If you live in: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Texas, Washington or Wyoming file at:

USCIS Nebraska Service Center

For U.S. Postal Service (USPS):

USCIS Nebraska Service Center

Attn: I-918
PO Box 87918
Lincoln, NE 68501-7918

For FedEx, UPS, and DHL deliveries:

USCIS Nebraska Service Center
Attn: I-918
850 ‘S’ Street
Lincoln, NE 68508

If you live in: Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Guam, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Northern Mariana Islands, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, U.S. Virgin Islands, West Virginia, Wisconsin or outside of the United States file at:

USCIS Vermont Service Center

USCIS Vermont Service Center
Attn: I-918
38 River Road
Essex Junction, VT 05479-0001

Filing Fee

Biometrics services may be required at no cost to you.

Checklist of Required Initial Evidence (for informational purposes only)

Please do not submit this checklist with your Form I-918. It is an optional tool to use as you prepare your form, but does not replace statutory, regulatory, and form instruction requirements. We recommend that you review these requirements before completing and submitting your form. Do not send original documents unless specifically requested in the form instructions or applicable regulations.

If you submit any documents (copies or original documents, if requested) in a foreign language, you must include a full English translation along with a certification from the translator verifying that the translation is complete and accurate, and that they are competent to translate from the foreign language to English.

Did you provide the following?

  • Your completed Supplement B Certification
  • Evidence you are the victim of qualifying criminal activity
  • Evidence you have suffered substantial physical or mental abuse
  • Evidence you possess information concerning criminal activity, and that the criminal activity is qualifying and violated United States law or occurred in the United States
  • Evidence you have been, are being, or are likely to be helpful to a certifying official in the investigation or prosecution of qualifying criminal activity
  • A personal statement
  • If you are inadmissible, an application for a waiver of inadmissibility on Form I-192, with appropriate fee or request for a fee waiver
  • If you are filing Form I-918, Supplement A for a qualifying family member:
    • Credible documentation of the claimed relationship
    • An explanation of why required documents are not available (if applicable)
    • If your qualifying family member is inadmissible, an application for a waiver of inadmissibility on Form I-192, with appropriate fee or request for a fee waiver.
Special Instructions

Principal U Nonimmigrants: You are authorized to work once we have approved your underlying petitions for U nonimmigrant status. We will automatically issue an Employment Authorization Document (EAD) when we approve your petition. You do not need to file a separate Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization.

Derivative U Nonimmigrants: If you reside inside the U.S., you are authorized to work once we approve the derivative petition for U nonimmigrant status. However, you will not automatically receive an EAD. You must file Form I-765 to request an EAD.

We can only issue employment authorization for principals and derivatives after we approve the underlying U nonimmigrant status petition, regardless of when you file Form I-765.

Statutory Cap

If the statutory cap is reached in a fiscal year, we will use the bona fide determination process and waiting list process as described below. 

Bona Fide Determination:

If you live in the U.S., you may receive employment authorization and deferred action if you have a pending bona fide petition and warrant a favorable exercise of discretion. We will issue a notice if you need to file a Form I-765 for employment authorization associated with a bona fide determination. 

Waiting List:

If you do not receive employment authorization and deferred action through the bona fide determination process, your petition will be reviewed for the waiting list under 8 CFR 214.14(d)(2).  Petitioners for U nonimmigrant status and derivatives in the U.S. who are granted deferred action under this provision can apply for an EAD based on deferred action.  We will only approve these EADs after DHS has deferred action in your case, regardless of when you file Form I-765.

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