I-191, Application for Relief Under Former Section 212(c) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA)

Use this form if you are a lawful permanent resident and wish to file for relief under former INA section 212(c).

Congress repealed former INA section 212(c) effective April 1, 1997. However, the U.S. Supreme Court decided in 2001 that the repeal does not apply to lawful permanent residents who pleaded guilty to a crime before April 1, 1997 (INS v. St. Cyr, 533 U.S. 289). In Matter of Abdelghany, 26 I&N Dec. 254 (BIA 2014), the Board of Immigration Appeals held that relief under former INA section 212(c) is also available to otherwise eligible lawful permanent residents, even if they were convicted following a trial before April 1, 1997.

Note: This form was previously titled, “Application for Advance Permission to Return to Unrelinquished Domicile.”

Number of Pages

Form 17; instructions 11.

Edition Date

12/02/19. 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

For U.S. Postal Service (USPS):

                USCIS TSC
                Attn:  I-191
                6046 N Belt Line Rd. STE 191
                Irving, TX  75038-0016

For express or courier delivery:

                USCIS
                Texas Service Center
                4141 N. St. Augustine Road
                Dallas, TX  75227

Filing Tips for Form I-191, Application for Relief Under Former Section 212(c) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA)

Complete all sections of the form.

Don’t forget to sign your form!  We will reject and return any unsigned form.

Filing Fee

$930.

When you send a payment, you agree to pay for a government service. Filing and biometric service fees are final and non-refundable, regardless of any action we take on your application, petition, or request, or if you withdraw your request.

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