I-290B, Notice of Appeal or Motion

Use this form to file:

  • An appeal with the Administrative Appeals Office (AAO); 
  • A motion with the USCIS office that issued the latest decision in your case (including a field office, service center, or the AAO); or
  • 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 When to Use Form I-290B, Notice of Appeal or Motion for a list of immigration benefit types that are eligible for an appeal or motion using this form.

Do not use this form if you:

Number of Pages

Form 6; instructions 9.

Edition Date

05/17/18. Starting 01/02/2019, we will only accept the 05/17/18 edition. Until then, you can use the 04/10/17 edition. 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. Do not file Form I-290B directly with the Administrative Appeals Office. 

We recommend reading our tips for filing forms with USCIS

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 we have 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 you select more than one box, we may reject your filing.

For additional filing assistance, please visit the AAO Practice Manual.

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

Filing Fee

$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. Service centers cannot process credit card payments.

We will not refund any fees, regardless of the action we take in your case.

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.

Special Instructions

E-Notification: If you want to receive an e-mail and/or a text message that your Form I-290B 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 form.

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