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

Purpose of Form

If you are inadmissible under the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) section 212(a)(9)(A) or (C), you must ask for consent to reapply for admission to the United States (consent to reapply) before you can lawfully return to the United States. Consent to reapply is also called “permission to reapply.” You should use this application to seek consent to reapply.

Number of Pages

Form 11; instructions 18.

Edition Date

04/27/18.  Starting 07/06/2018, we will only accept the 04/27/18 edition. Until then, you can use the 12/23/16, and previous editions. You can find the edition date at the bottom of the page on the form and instructions.

Where to File

Please see the Direct Filing Addresses for Form I-212 to determine with which agency and where you must file Form I-212. If you file your application with the incorrect agency, your application may be rejected or the adjudication may be delayed.

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

For applicants filing Form I-212 with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP): consult the CBP website at cbp.gov (search for “Form I-212” or “I-212”) for further information if you:   

  • Wish to seek admission as a nonimmigrant at a U.S. port of entry but are not required to obtain a nonimmigrant visa; or 
  • Are a nonimmigrant visa applicant (other than a K, T, U, or V nonimmigrant) at a U.S. Consulate. 

 

If you are in removal proceedings, follow the special filing instructions the immigration court gave to you. You should also read the information on the Form I-212 and the Direct Filing Addresses webpages carefully. For more information on obtaining immigration benefits while in removal proceedings, see the Immigration Benefits in EOIR Removal Proceedings webpage

USCIS only adjudicates applications that are correctly filed with USCIS. We cannot adjudicate applications that must be filed with CBP or the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR).

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

Complete all sections of the form. We will reject the form if these fields are missing:

Part 1. Information About You

  • Family Name
  • Mailing Address

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

Filing Fee

If you file your application with USCIS: $930 (No biometric services fee is required.)  You may pay the fee with a money order, personal check, or cashier’s check.  When filing at a USCIS Lockbox facility, you may also pay by credit card using Form G-1450, Authorization for Credit Card Transactions. If you pay by check, you must make your check payable to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Please note that service centers are not able to process credit card payments.

If you file your application with CBP: $930. Contact CBP to determine whether you must attend a biometric services appointment. Read the Form I-212 Instructions about special payment instructions. You can find information relating to the payment on CBP’s website at cbp.gov (search for “Form I-212” or “I-212”).

If you file your application with EOIR: $930. Read the Form I-212 Instructions and the pre-order filing instructions you receive in court to determine how to submit the payment. 

Special Instructions

E-Notification: If you want to receive an email 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.

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