I-821, Application for Temporary Protected Status

Purpose of Form

If you are an eligible national of designated countries then you may apply for a temporary immigration status by filing Form I-821, Application for Temporary Protected Status. You must also file Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, regardless of your age, even if you are not seeking an Employment Authorization Document (EAD).

Number of Pages

Form 11; Instructions 9.

Edition Date

02/20/14. No previous editions accepted.

Where to File

Please refer to the Federal Register notice or Temporary Protected Status (TPS) Web page for more information on where to file.

Use the filing address listed in the Federal Register notice for your country or on our TPS Web page.

Additional Information for Completing Your Form:

If you submit Form I-821 on paper: Be sure to sign the form at Part 5, Item Number 3.a., Applicant’s Signature. The fillable version of Form I-821 now includes “Don’t forget to sign!” messages and an arrow pointing to the signature box as reminders for when you print the completed form for mailing. USCIS rejects any unsigned Form I-821. Having to return it to you for a signature will delay processing of your application.

Filing Fee

First-time TPS applicants must submit a $50 fee for Form I-821. There is no Form I-821 fee for re-registration. Persons 14 years of age or older must also file an $85 fee for biometric services. For additional details, please refer to the Federal Register notice for your country or to the TPS Web page.

Special Instructions

Do not use Form I-821 to request consideration of deferred action for childhood arrivals. To file for that process you must use Form I-821D, Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.

I-821 Fees:

Initial Registration and Requesting an EAD

Applicant's AgeI-821 FeeBiometric ServicesI-765 FeeTotal
Younger than 14$50$0$0$50
14-65 years old$50$85$380$515
66 and older$50$85$0$135
 
Initial Registration and NOT Requesting an EAD
 
Applicant's AgeI-821 FeeBiometric ServicesI-765 FeeTotal
Younger than 14$50$0$0$50
14 and older$50$85$0$135

Re-registering and Requesting an EAD

Applicant's AgeI-821 FeeBiometric ServicesI-765 FeeTotal
Younger than 14$0$0$380$380
14 and older$0$85$380$465

Re-registering and NOT Requesting an EAD

Applicant's AgeI-821 FeeBiometric ServicesI-765 FeeTotal
Younger than 14$0$0$0$0
14 and older$0$85$0$85

If you are filing your applications at a USCIS Lockbox facility:

To ensure your applications are accepted:

  • Remember to sign your forms.
  • Submit the correct fees.
  • File Form I-765 with your Form I-821, even if you are not requesting an EAD. Enter your name and address exactly the same way on both forms.
  • Complete both forms, particularly these required fields:

- Form I-821:

  • Type of application
  • Name
  • Address (mailing address must be a US address)
  • Date of birth

- Form I-765:

  • Name
  • Address
  • Date of birth
  • Eligibility category

This page can be found at https://www.uscis.gov/i-821

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