I-290B, Notice of Appeal or Motion
Use this form to file:
- An appeal with the Administrative Appeals Office (AAO); or
- A motion with the USCIS office that issued the latest decision in your case (including a field office, service center, or the AAO).
- Certain appeals of the denial of an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Form I-17, “Petition for Approval of School for Attendance by Nonimmigrant Student” with the ICE Student and Exchange Visitor Program.
Please visit our When to Use Form I-290B, Notice of Appeal or Motion page for the forms that you can appeal or file a motion for using this form.
Do not use this form if you:
- Are the beneficiary of a petition. Generally, only an applicant or petitioner may file an appeal or motion.
- EXCEPTION: If you are the beneficiary of a Form I-140, Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker and USCIS has revoked your approved Form I-140 and advised you that you may file a motion or appeal, you may then file a Form I-290B. Please include the USCIS revocation notice with your Form I-290B. For further information about this exception, please see the Motions and Appeals section of the I-140 Filing and Processing Procedures webpage.
- Want to file an appeal with the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA). Appeals of Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative, are under the appellate jurisdiction of the BIA (except for reviews of USCIS “no risk” determinations under the Adam Walsh Act). The BIA also has jurisdiction over appeals of immigrant petitions filed by widow(er)s on Form I-360, Petition for Amerasian, Widow(er), or Special Immigrant. You may file an appeal with the BIA using Form EOIR-29, Notice of Appeal to the Board of Immigration Appeals.
- Want to appeal a Department of State consular officer’s denial of your U.S. visa application (for example, Forms DS-156, DS-156E, DS-156K, DS-117, DS-157, DS-230, or DS-260). For information about U.S. visa application denials, please visit the Department of State website.
Want to appeal a Special Agricultural Worker or Legalization application. You must file these appeals on Form I-694, Notice of Appeal of Decision, Under Sections 245A or 210 of the Immigration and Nationality Act.
Number of Pages
Form 5; instructions 9.
04/10/17. No previous editions accepted. You can find the edition date at the bottom of the page on the form and instructions.
Where to File
File your appeal or motion at the appropriate address listed on our Direct Filing Addresses for Form I-290B, Notice of Appeal or Motion page.
We recommend reading our Tips for Filing Forms with USCIS.
Do not file Form I-290B directly with the Administrative Appeals Office.
Filing Tips for Form I-290B, Notice of Appeal or Motion
- Complete all sections of the form that apply to you. We will reject the form if it is the incorrect version, if the fee is incorrect or not paid, or if the following fields are left blank:
- Part 1 – Information About the Applicant or Petitioner
- If you are the beneficiary of a revoked Form I-140 with a favorably adjudicated porting request, and USCIS has advised you that you may file an appeal using Form I-290B, provide the information about you in Part 1.
- Family Name or Complete Name of Business/Organization
- Mailing Address
- Part 2 – Information About the Appeal or Motion
- You must select only one box indicating that you are filing an appeal or motion, not both. If more than one box is selected, we may reject your filing.
- For additional filing assistance, please visit the AAO’s Practice Guide at https://www.uscis.gov/about-us/directorates-and-program-offices/administrative-appeals-office-aao/practice-manual/chapter-3-appeals.
Don’t forget to sign your form! We will reject and return any unsigned form.
$675. 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 are a special immigrant Iraqi or Afghan national who worked for or on behalf of the U.S. government: You do not need to pay a fee when you file Form I-290B to appeal a denial of a petition for a special immigrant visa.
We will send you an email or text when your form has been accepted if you complete Form G-1145, e-Notification of Application/Petition Acceptance and clip it to the front of the form.