I-918, Petition for U Nonimmigrant Status

Purpose of Form

To provide temporary immigration benefits to aliens who are victims of qualifying criminal activity, and to their qualifying family members, as appropriate.

Number of Pages

Form: 8; Instructions: 9; Supplement A: 8; Supplement B: 3; Supplement B Instructions: 3.

Edition Date

01/15/13. A new edition of this form is coming soon. In the meantime, customers may file using the 01/15/13 edition.  Previous editions dated 11/23/10 and 08/31/07 also accepted.

Where to File

Send your completed Form I-918 to:

Vermont Service Center
75 Lower Welden Street
St. Albans, VT 05479

Additional Information for Completing Your Form:

If you submit Form I-918, I-918 Supplement A, or I-918 Supplement B on paper: Be sure to sign the form at the applicable Signature areas.  The fillable version of Form I-918, I-918 Supplement A, and I-918 Supplement B 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-918, I-918 Supplement A, and I-918 Supplement B. Having to return it to you for a signature will delay processing of your petition.

Filing Fee

$0 (Biometrics services may be required at no cost to the applicant.)

Special Instructions

Note to Petitioners: Principal U nonimmigrant petitioners are employment authorized incident to status, after the underlying petition for U nonimmigrant status is approved and an employment authorization document is automatically issued without filing Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization.

Derivative family members residing inside the United States are also employment authorized incident to status, however an employment authorization document is not automatically issued. Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, may be filed for a derivative to obtain an employment authorization document.

Employment authorization for principals and derivatives can only be issued after the underlying U nonimmigrant status petition is approved, regardless of when the Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, is filed.

If the statutory cap is reached in a fiscal year and USCIS uses the waiting list process described at 8 CFR 214.14(d)(2), petitioners for U nonimmigrant status and derivatives in the United States can apply for employment authorization using Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, based on deferred action.  An application for employment authorization based on deferred action can only be approved after DHS has deferred action in your case, regardless of when the Form I-765 is filed.

This page can be found at https://www.uscis.gov/i-918

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