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.

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Edition Date

12/02/19. 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.

Where to File

Please read the filing instructions carefully. See the Direct Filing Addresses webpage to see where you should file your application. Read our filing tips for helpful information on filing your form.

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

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

Filing Fee

(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, 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.

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.

Special Instructions

E-Notification:  If you want to receive an e-mail and/or a text message that your Form I-817 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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