I-817, Application for Family Unity Benefits
Use this form to request initial benefits under the Family Unity Program, or to request an extension of such benefits.
12/08/21. 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.
If you complete and print this form to mail it in, make sure that the form edition date and page numbers are visible at the bottom of all pages and that all pages are from the same edition of the form. If any of the form’s pages are missing or are from a different edition of the form, we may reject your form.
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Please read the filing instructions carefully. See our Direct Filing Addresses page to see where you should file your application.
(An $85 biometric services fee is required for each applicant 14 years of age or older.)
You may pay the fee with a money order, personal check, cashier’s check or 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.
Pay each filing fee separately. We are transitioning to electronically processing immigration benefit requests, which requires us to use multiple systems to process your package. Because of this, you must pay each filing fee separately for any form you submit. We may reject your entire package if you submit a single, combined payment for multiple forms.
Filing Tips for Form I-817, Application for Family Unity Benefits
Complete all sections of the form. We will reject the form if these fields are missing:
- Part 1. Information About You
- Family Name
- Date of Birth
- U.S. Mailing Address
- Part 3. Information About Your Relationship
- Information About your Spouse or Parent – Family Name
- Information About Your Spouse or Parent – Date of Birth
Filing Tips: Go to our Tips for Filing Forms by Mail page for information on how to help ensure we will accept your application.
Don’t forget to sign your form. We will reject any unsigned form.
E-Notification: If you want to receive an e-mail and/or a text message that we have accepted your Form I-817 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.