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FORM  I-212

Form I-212

Application for Permission to Reapply for Admission into the United States after Deportation or Removal

An alien who is inadmissible under section 212(a) (9) (A) or (C) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) files Form I-212 to obtain "consent to reapply for admission" that is required before the alien can lawfully return to the United States. "Consent to reapply" is also called "permission to reapply."

Filling Fee

$585

No biometrics fee is required

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Edition Date

03/12/14

(12/16/12, 06/04/12, 09/11/11 and 11/23/10 editions also accepted)

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Number of Pages

3 Pages + Instructions 13

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WHERE TO FILE I-212

The filing address depends on why you are filing. Please review the form instructions for information on where to mail your application.

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I-212 SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS

Lockbox Filing:

If you are filing at a USCIS Lockbox facility, please read these important Lockbox Filing Tips.

If you are inadmissible only under INA section 212(a)(9)(A), you should file this form if you are:

  • An applicant for an immigrant visa;
  • An applicant for adjustment of status under INA section 245 (other than as a T or U nonimmigrant seeking adjustment of status under 8 CFR 245.23 or 245.24); or
  • An applicant who wishes to seek admission as a nonimmigrant at a U.S. port of entry but who is not required to obtain a nonimmigrant visa. (If you are an applicant for a nonimmigrant visa at a U.S. consulate, and you are required to obtain consent to reapply because of your inadmissibility, the consulate with jurisdiction over your visa application will advise you how to request consent to reapply. You may not be required to file the Form I-212 to receive consent to reapply.)

If you are inadmissible under INA section 212(a)(9)(C), you should file this form if you are:

  • An applicant for an immigrant visa; or
  • An applicant who wishes to seek admission as a nonimmigrant at a U.S. port of entry but who is not required to obtain a nonimmigrant visa. (If you are an applicant for a nonimmigrant visa at a U.S. consulate, and you are required to obtain consent to reapply because of your inadmissibility, the consulate with jurisdiction over your visa application will advise you how to request consent to reapply. You may not be required to file the Form I-212 to receive consent to reapply.)

If you are inadmissible under INA section 212(a) (9) (C), you may NOT file this Form while you are in the United States. You cannot obtain consent to reapply unless you are seeking admission to the United States more than 10 years after your last departure from the United States.

Note: A VAWA self-petitioner who is inadmissible under INA section 212(9)(C) may seek a waiver of inadmissibility by filing a Form I-601, Application for Waiver of Grounds of Inadmissibility, under INA section 212(a)(9)(C)(iii). The Form I-601 may be filed instead of this Form I-212. See the filing instructions for Form I-601 for further information.

SUB SECTION-1

When applying with CBP: You must make your check or money order payable to U.S. Customs and Border Protection. The check or money order must be drawn on a bank or other financial institution located in the United States and must be payable in U.S. currency. Certain CBP-designated ports of entry or certain CBP-designated preclearance offices may accept payment in the form of cash or credit cards. It is recommended that you contact the CBP preclearance office or CBP port of entry where you intend to be processed for payment instructions. Please visit the CBP Web site (Link in the Related Links Section of this Page) for more information. Citizens of Palau, the Federated States of Micronesia, or the Marshall Islands may receive payment instructions by contacting the nearest U.S. Embassy or consulate, or by e-mailing the CBP/Admissibility Review Office at inquiry.waiver.aro@dhs.gov.

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When applying with DOS: You must contact the nearest U.S. Embassy or consulate of the DOS on the method of payment.

When applying with EOIR during removal proceedings: You must submit the payment as instructed by the court with jurisdiction over your case. For more information, please visit EOIR's Web Site.

When applying with USCIS: Please see the page "Paying Immigration Fees" in the Related Links section of this page for more information on how to pay your filing fees with USCIS.

Do not send Change of Address Requests to the USCIS Lockbox facilities.

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