Purpose of Form
Use this form to request initial benefits under the Family Unity Program, or to request an extension of such benefits.
Number of Pages
Form 12; instructions 14.
11/07/17. Starting 04/23/2018, we will only accept the 11/07/17 edition. Until then, you can use the 12/23/16 edition. You can find the edition date at the bottom of the page on the form and instructions.
Where to File
Please read the filing instructions carefully. See the section titled Direct Filing Addresses for Form I-817, Application for Family Unity Benefits.
If you are filing with a USCIS Lockbox facility, you can find important filing tips, as well as additional information on fees and customer service, at on our lockbox filing tips webpage.
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.
$600. (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 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.
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