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Instructions for Form I-929, Petition for
Qualifying Family Member of a
U-1 Nonimmigrant
Department of Homeland Security
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
OMB No. 1615-0106; Expires 04/30/2019
Who May File?
A petitioner may file this form with USCIS on behalf of a
family member who does not hold U nonimmigrant status and
who wishes to immigrate to the United States. You, as the
petitioner, must demonstrate that:
A. You became a lawful permanent resident, or have a
pending Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent
Residence or Adjust Status, based on your status as a U-1
nonimmigrant (victim of criminal activity);
B. Your alien relative is eligible for immigrant classification
based on his or her relationship to you;
C. You can establish that you or your alien relative will suffer
extreme hardship if not allowed to remain in or to enter the
United States; and
D. You can establish that discretion should be exercised in
favor of your alien relative.
You must file a separate petition for each eligible relative.
General Instructions
A. Type or print legibly in black ink.
B. If extra space is needed to complete any item, attach a
continuation sheet and indicate your full name and Alien
Registration Number (A-Number) at the top of each sheet
of paper. Indicate the item number and sign and date each
sheet.
C. Answer all questions fully and accurately. If any item is
not applicable or the answer is "none," leave the space
blank.
D. Each petition must be properly signed and filed. A
photocopy of a signed petition or typewritten name in
place of a signature is not acceptable.
What Is the Purpose of This Form?
The purpose of Form I-929, Petition for Qualifying Family
Member of a U-1 Nonimmigrant, is to request immigration
benefits on behalf of a family member who never held U
nonimmigrant status. To process your Form I-929, you will
need to supply U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
(USCIS) with a signed Form I-929 and the filing fee. In
addition, you will need to supply the appropriate supporting
documents for your petition. Any non-English language
document must be translated into English.
For Whom May You File?
A. If you are under 21 years of age, you may file this petition
on behalf of your:
1. Spouse;
2. Unmarried child(ren) under 21years of age; and
3. Parent(s).
B. If you are over 21 years of age, you may file this petition
on behalf of your:
2. Unmarried child(ren) under 21 years of age.
1. Spouse; and
A. Evidence of your lawful permanent resident status or
evidence that you have a pending Form I-485 based on
your status as a U-1 nonimmigrant;
B. Evidence of your relationship to the alien beneficiary;
C. Evidence of extreme hardship to you or your alien relative
if he or she is not allowed to remain in or to enter the
United States; and
D. Evidence to establish that discretion should be exercised in
favor of your alien relative.
What Initial Evidence Is Required to Support
This Petition?
You are required to submit the following:
If these instructions state that a copy of a document may be
filed with your Form I-929, submit a copy. If you choose to
send the original, USCIS may keep that original for our
records. If USCIS requires the original, it will be requested.
Copies
Any document containing a foreign language submitted to
USCIS must be accompanied by a full English language
translation which the translator has certified as complete and
accurate, and by the translator's certification that he or she is
competent to translate from the foreign language into English.
Translations
NOTE: Form I-929 cannot be approved for your alien
relative until your Form I-485 is approved based on your U-1
nonimmigrant status.
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What Documents Do You Need to Demonstrate
Your Status?
Provide the following documents to demonstrate you are
eligible to file this petition:
A. If you are a permanent resident, you must file your
petition with a copy of the front and back of your
Permanent Resident Card. If you have not yet received
your card, submit copies of your passport biographic
page, and the page showing admission as a permanent
resident, or other evidence of permanent resident status
issued by USCIS.
B. If your Form I-485 is pending, you must submit a copy of
your approval notice for your Form I-918, Petition for U
Nonimmigrant Status, and a receipt notice showing that
your Form I-485 has been filed with USCIS.
Certain documents are required to be submitted with this
petition to show that a relationship exists between you and
your relative. In all cases, submit a recently taken clear
photograph of the family member for whom you are filing,
and if you are filing for:
What Documents Do You Need to Demonstrate
a Family Relationship?
E. A mother: Submit a copy of your birth certificate
showing your name and your mother's name. Also submit
evidence of any legal name change if the names on the
birth certificate do not match the names on the petition.
F. A father: Submit a copy of your birth certificate showing
the names of both parents. Also give a copy of your
parent's marriage certificate establishing that your father
was married to your mother before you were born, and
copies of documents showing that any prior marriages of
either your father or mother were legally terminated. If
you are filing for a stepparent or adoptive parent, or if you
are filing for your father and were not legitimated before
your 18th birthday, also see D, G, and H.
G. Stepparent/stepchild: If your petition is based on a
stepparent-stepchild relationship, you must file your
petition with a copy of the marriage certificate of the
stepparent to the child's natural parent showing that the
marriage occurred before the child's 18th birthday. If you
or the child's natural parent were ever previously married
to other people, submit copies of documents showing that
any prior marriages were legally terminated. Evidence of
any legal name changes must also be submitted.
2. If either you or your spouse were previously married,
copies of documents showing that all prior marriages
were legally terminated; and
1. A copy of your marriage certificate;
3. Evidence of any legal name change.
A. A Husband or wife: Submit the following documentation:
In either case, you must also submit copies of evidence that
each child was in the legal custody of and resided with the
parent(s) who adopted him or her for at least 2 years before
or after adoption. Legal custody may only be granted by a
court or recognized government entity and is usually
granted at the time the adoption is finalized. However, if
legal custody is granted by a court or recognized
government agency prior to the adoption, that time may
count to fulfill the 2-year legal custody requirement.
H. Adoptive parent of adopted child: If you and the person
you are filing for are related by adoption, you must submit
a certified copy of the adoption decree(s) showing that the
adoption took place before the child became 16 years of
age.
If you adopted the child's sibling, you must submit a copy
of the adoption decree(s) showing that the adoption of the
sibling occurred before that child's 18th birthday.
B. A child and you are the mother: Submit a copy of the
child's birth certificate showing your name and the name of
your child.
C. A child born in wedlock and you are the father: Submit
a copy of the child's birth certificate showing both parents'
names and your marriage certificate.
D. A child born out of wedlock and you are the father: If
the child was not legitimated before reaching 18 years of
age, you must file your petition with copies of evidence
that a bona fide parent-child relationship existed between
the father and the child before the child reached 21 years
of age. This may include evidence that the father lived
with the child, supported him or her, or otherwise showed
continuing parental interest in the child's welfare.
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Submit evidence, including a signed statement from your alien
relative and other supporting documentation, to establish that
discretion should be exercised in favor of your alien relative.
Although you are not required to establish that your alien
relative is admissible, USCIS may take into account all
factors, including acts that would otherwise render your alien
relative inadmissible, in making its discretionary decision on
the application. Where adverse factors are present, you may
offset these by submitting supporting documentation
establishing mitigating equities that your alien relative wants
USCIS to consider when determining whether or not a
favorable exercise of discretion is appropriate. Depending on
the nature of the adverse factors, you may be required to
clearly demonstrate that the denial of adjustment of status or
an immigrant visa would result in exceptional and extremely
unusual hardship to you.
What Documents Do You Need to Demonstrate
Extreme Hardship?
Extreme hardship is determined on a case-by-case basis. You
are encouraged to cite and document all applicable factors you
believe demonstrate that you or your alien relative will suffer
extreme hardship if he or she is not allowed to remain in or to
enter the United States. You must demonstrate that refusal to
allow the family member to remain in or to enter the United
States would result in a degree of hardship beyond that
typically associated with such a removal or refusal. Factors to
be considered may be, but are not limited to, the following:
A. The nature and extent of the physical or mental abuse
suffered as a result of having been a victim of criminal
activity;
C. The likelihood that the perpetrator's family, friends, or
others acting on behalf of the perpetrator in the home
country would harm the applicant or the applicant's
children;
B. The impact of loss of access to the U.S. courts and
criminal justice system, including but not limited to
participation in the criminal investigation or prosecution of
the criminal activity of which the alien was a victim, and
any civil proceedings related to family law, child custody,
or other court proceeding stemming from the criminal
activity;
D. The applicant's needs for social, medical, mental health, or
other supportive services for victims of crime that are
unavailable or not reasonably accessible in the home
country;
F. The perpetrator's ability to travel to the home country and
the ability and willingness of authorities in the home
country to protect the applicant or the applicant's children;
and
E. If the criminal activity involved arose in a domestic
violence context, the existence of laws and social practices
in the home country that punish the applicant or the
applicant's child(ren) because they have been victims of
domestic violence or have taken steps to leave an abusive
household;
G. The age of the applicant, both at the time of entry to the
United States and at the time of application for adjustment
of status.
What Documents Do You Need to Establish
That Discretion Should be Exercised?
In such a situation, submit a statement from the appropriate
civil authority certifying that the document or documents are
not available. You must also submit secondary evidence,
including:
What If a Document Is Not Available?
B. School record: A letter from the authority (preferably the
first school attended) showing the date of admission to the
school, the child's date of birth, or age at that time, place of
birth, and names of the parents.
A. Church record: A copy of a document bearing the seal of
the church, showing the baptism, dedication, or
comparable rite occurred within 2 months after birth, and
showing the date and place of the child's birth, date of the
religious ceremony, and the names of the child's parents.
The person making the affidavit does not have to be a
U.S. citizen. Each affidavit should contain the following
information regarding the person making the affidavit: full
name, address, date and place of birth, relationship to you,
full information concerning the event, and complete details
explaining how the person acquired knowledge of the
event.
D. Affidavits: Written statements sworn to or affirmed by
two persons who were living at the time and who have
personal knowledge of the event you are trying to prove.
For example, the date and place of birth, marriage, or
death.
C. Census record: State or Federal census record showing
the name, place of birth, date of birth, or the age of the
person listed.
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Use the following guidelines when you prepare your check
or money order for filing the fee:
1. 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; and
2. Make the check or money order payable to U.S.
Department of Homeland Security.
NOTE: Please spell out U.S. Department of Homeland
Security; do not use the initials "USDHS" or "DHS."
Where Should You File This Form?
Mail your complete petition package to the following address:
USCIS
Vermont Service Center
75 Lower Welden Street
St. Albans, VT 05479-0001
What Is the Filing Fee?
The filing fee for Form I-929 is $1,515.
NOTE: The filing fee is not refundable, regardless of any
action USCIS takes on this petition. DO NOT MAIL
CASH. You must submit all fees in the exact amounts.
Notice to Those Making Payment by Check. If you send us
a check, it will be converted into an electronic funds transfer
(EFT). This means we will copy your check and use the
account information on it to electronically debit your account
for the amount of the check. The debit from your account will
usually take 24 hours and your bank will show it on your
regular account statement.
USCIS Forms and Information
If you knowingly and willfully falsify or conceal a material
fact or submit a false document with your Form I-929, we will
deny your Form I-929 and may deny any other immigration
benefit. In addition, you will face severe penalties provided
by law and may be subject to criminal prosecution.
Penalties
You will not receive your original check back. We will
destroy your original check, but will keep a copy of it. If
USCIS cannot process the EFT for technical reasons, you
authorize us to process the copy in place of your original
check. If your check is returned as unpayable, we may reject
your petition.
As an alternative to waiting in line for assistance at your local
USCIS office, you can now schedule an appointment through
the USCIS Internet-based system, InfoPass. To access the
system, visit the USCIS website. Use the InfoPass
appointment scheduler and follow the screen prompts to set up
your appointment. InfoPass generates an electronic
appointment notice that appears on the screen.
To ensure you are using the latest version of this form, visit
the USCIS website at www.uscis.gov
where you can obtain
the latest USCIS forms and immigration-related information.
If you do not have internet access, you may order USCIS
forms by calling our toll-free number at 1-800-870-3676. You
may also obtain forms and information by telephoning our
USCIS National Customer Service Center at 1-800-375-5283.
For TTY (deaf or hard of hearing) call: 1-800-767-1833.
Form I-929's filing fee is current as of the edition date in the
lower right corner of this page. However, because USCIS fees
change periodically, you can verify that the fees are correct by
following one of the steps below.
How to Check If the Fees Are Correct
1. Visit our website at www.uscis.gov
, select "FORMS," and
check the appropriate fee; or
2. Call the USCIS National Customer Service Center at
1-800-375-5283 and ask for fee information. For TTY
(deaf or hard of hearing) call: 1-800-767-1833.
DHS Privacy Notice
AUTHORITIES: The information requested on this petition,
and the associated evidence, is collected under the Immigration
and Nationality Act, 8 U.S.C. sections 1103, 1184, 1255.
PURPOSE: The primary purpose for providing the requested
information on this petition is to request immigration benefits
on behalf of a family member who has never held U
nonimmigrant status. DHS uses the information you provide
to grant or deny the immigration benefit you are seeking.
DISCLOSURE: The information you provide is voluntary.
However, failure to provide the requested information,
including your Social Security number (if applicable), and any
requested evidence, may delay a final decision or result in
denial of your petition.
For information on fee waivers under 8 CFR 106.3 please
review the instructions for USCIS Form I-912 found at
www.uscis.gov
.
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Did you provide the beneficiary's address where he
or she is residing now?
Paperwork Reduction Act
An agency may not conduct or sponsor an information
collection and a person is not required to respond to a
collection of information unless it displays a currently valid
OMB control number. The public reporting burden for this
collection of information is estimated at 1 hour per response,
including the time for reviewing instructions, and completing
and submitting the form. Send comments regarding this
burden estimate or any other aspect of this collection of
information, including suggestions for reducing this burden to:
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Regulatory
Coordination Division, Office of Policy and Strategy, 20
Massachusetts Avenue, N.W., Washington, DC 20529-2140.
OMB No. 1615-0106. Do not mail your completed
Form I-929 to this address.
Checklist
Did you answer each question on the Form I-929
according to the instructions on the form?
Did you sign and date Form I-929?
Did you submit proof of your lawful permanent
resident status or pending Form I-485 based on U-1
nonimmigrant status?
Did you submit proof of relationship, including
documents needing copies and/or translations?
Did you submit proof of extreme hardship?
Did you submit the beneficiary's photo?
Did you submit evidence to establish that discretion
should be exercised?
ROUTINE USES: DHS may, where allowable under relevant
confidentiality provisions, share the information you provide on
this petition and any additional requested evidence with other
Federal, state, local, and foreign government agencies and
authorized organizations. DHS follows approved routine uses
described in the associated published system of records notices
[DHS/USCIS/ICE/CBP-001 Alien File, Index, and National
File Tracking System and DHS/USCIS-007 Benefits
Information System and DHS/USCIS-018 Immigration
Biometric and Background Check] and the published privacy
impact assessments [DHS/USCIS/PIA-016a Computer Linked
Application Information Management System and Associated
Systems] which you can find at
www.dhs.gov/privacy
. DHS
may also share this information, as appropriate, for law
enforcement purposes or in the interest of national security.
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