I-918, Petition for U Nonimmigrant Status

ALERT: USCIS 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.

Following the settlement agreement in Vangala v. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, 4:20-cv-08143 (N.D. Cal.), if we rejected your Form I-918 or Form I-918 Supplement A due to the “No Blank Space” rejection policy in effect between Dec. 30, 2019, and Dec. 22, 2020, you may request a receipt with the original attempted filing date for your resubmitted Form I-918 or Supplement A. See the Special Instructions tab below for additional information.

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.

Forms and Document Downloads

Form Details

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.

Vangala v. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, 4:20-cv-08143 (N.D. Cal.)

If we rejected your Form I-918 or Form I-918 Supplement A due to the “No Blank Space” rejection policy in effect between Dec. 30, 2019, and Dec. 22, 2020, you may request a receipt with the original attempted filing date for your resubmitted Form I-918 or Supplement A. See below for additional information on how to obtain the original receipt date for Form I-918 or Supplement A. Instructions on filing Form I-589s previously filed with a local asylum office.

If you have not already resubmitted your Form I-918 or Supplement A:

  • Submit Form I-918 or Supplement A on or before July 20, 2022, using the original form or a new form on the current version, and include one of the following supporting documents:
    • A copy of your rejection notice;
    • Other proof of the original rejected filing; or
    • A sworn statement from someone familiar with the original attempted filing describing how you meet the requirements of the settlement agreement. 
  • Mail your completed form(s) and supporting documents to the applicable filing address in the “Where to File” tab above. Write “Vangala Request” in the address block.

If you already resubmitted your Form I-918 or Supplement A: 

  • Send a written request to USCIS on or before July 20, 2022, that includes the receipt number for the resubmitted Form I-918 or Supplement A and one of the following:
    • A copy of your rejection notice;
    • Other proof of the original rejected filing; or
    • A sworn statement from someone familiar with the original filing that describes how you meet the requirements of the settlement agreement. 
  • Mail your request and supporting documents to the applicable filing address in the “Where to File” tab above. Write “Vangala Request” in the address block.

If you properly submit a request, we will issue a receipt notice reflecting the date we received your original attempted filing. If you submit an ancillary request following your new receipt date, such as a Form I-192, Application for Advance Permission to Enter as a Nonimmigrant, or Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, submit a copy of your new receipt notice with the benefit request.

Related Links
Last Reviewed/Updated: