I-360, Petition for Amerasian, Widow(er), or Special Immigrant
Use this form to classify an alien as:
- An Amerasian (born after Dec. 31, 1950, and before Oct. 23, 1982);
- The widow(er) of a U.S. citizen;
- A VAWA self-petitioning spouse of an abusive U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident;
- A VAWA self-petitioning child of an abusive U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident;
- A VAWA self-petitioning parent of an abusive U.S. citizen son or daughter who is 21 years old or older; or
- A special immigrant. We define a special immigrant as one of the following:
- Religious worker;
- Panama Canal company employee, Canal Zone government employee, or U.S. government in the Canal Zone employee;
- Physician licensed and practicing medicine in a U.S. state as of Jan. 9, 1978;
- International organization or NATO-6 employee or family member;
- Juvenile who needs the protection of a juvenile court because they have been abused, neglected or abandoned by a parent;
- U.S. armed forces member;
- Afghan or Iraqi national who worked for or on behalf of the U.S. government as a translator;
- Iraqi national who worked for or on behalf of the U.S. government in Iraq;
- An Afghan national who worked for or on behalf of the U.S. government or the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan; or
- Broadcasters for the United States Agency for Global Media (USAGM) or for a USAGM grantee.
Other classifications not listed above may also be eligible to use Form I-360. Please read the form instructions for more information.
What This Form Can Help You Do
07/15/22. You can find the edition date at the bottom of the page on the form and instructions.
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Generally, if you reside in the United States, file at a USCIS Lockbox, depending on where you live and whether you are also filing Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status, at the same time (known as “concurrent filing”). For a complete list of addresses, visit our Direct Filing Addresses for Form I-360 page.
VAWA Self-Petitioning Spouses, Children, and Parents
File your Form I-360 at the Vermont Service Center. For more information, visit our Direct Filing Addresses for Form I-360 page.
Special Immigrant Juveniles (SIJ)
File your Form I-360 at the Chicago Lockbox. For more information, visit our Direct Filing Addresses for Form I-360 page.
You cannot file Form I-360 concurrently with a Form I-485. You may file Form I-485 only after we approve your Form I-360. See 8 CFR 245.2(a)(2)(B); Cf. Ruiz-Diaz v. United States, 703 F.3d 483 (9th Cir. 2012).
Iraqi and Afghan nationals who worked for or on behalf of the U.S. government in Iraq or Afghanistan
You may scan and email your petition with the required documents (preferably in .pdf format) to email@example.com. Include the email address you want us to send your electronic receipt to. If you do not include an email address with your form, we will send the receipt notice electronically to the email address you used to submit your petition.
If you submit your petition by email, you must bring the same original, signed Form I-360 that you previously submitted with you to your consular interview.
Filing Tips: Go to our Form Filing Tips page for information on how to help ensure we will accept your form.
Don’t forget to sign your form. We will reject any unsigned form.
However, you are exempt from paying the fee if you are:
- An Amerasian; (Box 1.A. on the form);
- A VAWA self-petitioning spouse of an abusive U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident (Box 1.I. on the form);
- A VAWA self-petitioning child of an abusive U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident (Box 1.J. on the form);
- A VAWA self-petitioning parent of an abusive U.S. citizen son or daughter (Box 1.K. on the form);
- A Special Immigrant Juveniles (Box 1.C. on the form);
- An Iraqi national who worked for or on behalf of the U.S. government in Iraq (Box 1.L. or Box 1.M. on the form); or
- An Afghan national who worked for or on behalf of the U.S. government in Afghanistan (Box 1.L. or Box 1.N. on the form).
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.
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. Use our Fee Calculator to help determine your fee.
If you are required to pay a fee for your petition or are unable to submit your petition electronically, you may still follow the form instructions and submit the Form I-360 by mail.
View the checklist of required initial evidence.
New Filing Process for Afghan Special Immigrant Visa Petitions
Effective July 20, 2022, Afghan nationals seeking a Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) must file Form DS-157, Petition for Special Immigrant Classification for Afghan SIV Applicants, with the Department of State (DOS) when applying for Chief of Mission (COM) approval. This replaces the previous two-step process where Afghan nationals must first seek COM approval from DOS and then apply for SIV classification by filing Form I-360, Petition for Amerasian, Widow(er), or Special Immigrant, with USCIS.
When to File Form I-360 with USCIS
Afghan citizens or nationals who already started the SIV application process and received COM approval on or before July 20, 2022, must still file a Form I-360 with USCIS on their own behalf. For individuals in the United States with COM requests pending on July 20, 2022, please reference the chart below.
|Afghan nationals located in the United States|
|COM pending and have a signed DS-157||Once COM and DS-157 are approved, file form I-485|
|COM pending and have an unsigned DS-157||Once COM is approved, file form I-360|
|COM pending and have no DS-157||Once COM is approved, file form I-360|
|COM approved before 7/20/22||File Form I-360|
|I-360 pending with USCIS||Once I-360 is approved, file Form I-485|
Attestation for Special Immigrant Religious Worker Classification
If you are filing Form I-360 for a special immigrant religious worker, you must submit the employer attestation in Form I-360. If applicable, you are also required to submit the religious denomination certification in Form I-360. See the form instructions for more information.
Widow(er)s of Deceased U.S. Citizens
At one time, section 201(b)(2)(A)(i) of the Immigration and Nationality Act said a citizen’s surviving spouse could file an immigrant visa petition if the citizen and surviving spouse had been married at least two years. On Oct. 28, 2009, section 568(c) of Pub. L. 111-83 amended the Immigration and Nationality Act so that you may be eligible to immigrate, even if you and your deceased spouse were married for less than two years when your spouse died. You must still file your Form I-360 no later than two years after your spouse’s death.
Your eligibility for classification as the widow(er) of a U.S. citizen based on a Form I-360 that you file after your citizen spouse died ends if you remarry before you immigrate or adjust status.
If your deceased citizen spouse filed a Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative, before they died, you do not need to file a Form I-360 because we automatically converted your spouse’s Form I-130 to a Form I-360. If your immigrant visa petition was originally filed as a Form I-130, your remarriage does not necessarily mean you cannot immigrate. Section 204(l) of the Immigration and Nationality Act allows us to approve the petition as a Form I-130, even if you have remarried.
E-Notification: If you want to receive an e-mail and/or a text message that we have accepted your form at a USCIS lockbox facility, complete Form G-1145, E-Notification of Application/Petition Acceptance and clip it to the first page of your petition.