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Losing an approval notice form from United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) may provoke some panic. But with Form I-824, there is no need to panic.
USCIS has made it possible to request action on an application that was already approved; in other words, if you lost or misplaced a USCIS approval notice form, there is a way to request a duplicate document.
Form I-824 is called the Application for Action on an Approved Application or Petition. According to USCIS, the official purpose of the document is to request “additional action” on immigration forms USCIS has already approved.
In those instances, the form’s purpose is for a duplicate document. For example, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CPB), this form can be use used to request your approved Form I-192, Application for Advance Permission to Enter as a Nonimmigrant, specifically for CPB.
Form I-824 should only be used for the sole purpose of requesting a duplicate of an approved notice. Do not use the form to request a form that was denied, revoked, or expired. Form I-824 is only for approved applications/petitions.
Some people have also tried to use Form I-824 to get updates on their pending application status. This form cannot and should not be used for that purpose. If you are curious about your pending immigration/nonimmigration case status, you can check your case status online with your receipt number.
There are many forms that are involved in the immigration process. Form I-824 may be a bit confusing as to when it is applicable to request additional action. Speak with your immigration attorney before filing Form I-824 to make sure you are submitting the appropriate request.
Form I-824 can also be used to help bring immediate family members to the United States. This is only applicable for eligible immigrants who have received LPR status with the following types of visas:
If eligible, the person with LPR status can apply on behalf of a family member(s). The only family members an LPR can apply for are:
Check with your immigration attorney about using Form I-824 to bring your family with you to the United States. There are alternative ways of bringing your immediate family to the U.S., so if you are not eligible, we can help you look for alternative methods of family reunification.
When you fill out your form I-824, you need to include your address because CBP will send the information you request to the address listed on the form.
If you change your address, you must let CBP and USCIS know.
If you are filing Form I-824 with CBP, you can send a letter or email that includes your old and updated addresses. For the purpose of an address change, you can contact CBP at:
It’s extremely important to update your address. If you do not, then you will receive notice of your I-824 being denied.
There are seven parts to Form I-824, Application for Action on an Approved Application or Petition. The document itself is seven pages long. Here is a step-by-step guide to filling out your application.
At the very top of the form, USCIS has reserved space for USCIS use only.
The first section is information about you. You will include:
If any of the sections do not apply to you, put “N/A” in the box instead of leaving it blank.
Part 2 is titled “Reason for Request.” In this section, you tell USCIS why you are submitting a Form I-824 by checking a box. If you change a port of entry or U.S. Consulate, you will need to fill out which new U.S. consulate or port of entry you wish USCIS to notify.
For further detail, here are your options:
Part 3 is where you can provide information about anyone who was the beneficiary on the previous form other than you. You will also provide information about your dependents in this section. This is applicable to those who are requesting family members to join them, also known as follow-to-join benefits.
Like in Part 1, you will fill out the information about the dependent’s name, date of birth, country of birth, and country of citizenship. You will also include their relationship to you. Remember, the beneficiary does not fill out this form, only you do on their behalf.
Part 4 is for your:
Before completing this section, read the USCIS I-824 penalties section. Then fill out the rest of Part 4. In this section, you will need to:
If you need an interpreter, Part 5 is where you provide your interpreter’s contact information and signature.
If you used a preparer for your form, Part 6 is where you provide their information and signature.
If there is any more information that you need to include on your Form I-824, you will write it out in Part 7.
The evidence you submit will vary depending on the purpose of your Form I-824 request. Some additional evidence may include:
Speak with your immigration attorney to make sure that you have all the necessary documents to send in with your application. It’s important that all documents you send in are copies of original documents and not the originals themselves. USCIS or CBP may request originals, but never submit original documents with the primary application.
Processing time is at least 90 days from when you submit your Form I-824. However, the I-824 processing time may take up to six months or more.
U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) provides contact information if you have questions about your application status. If and when you reach out to CBP, include your full name, date of birth, and your A-Number, if applicable:
The Form I-824 filing fee is $465. This applies for both USCIS and CBP.
There are five different locations you may send your Form I-824 application to depending on whether you’re filing to USCIS or CPB, and where your original application/petition was approved.
If you are submitting your I-824 filing fee to USCIS, you can submit your form to a USCIS direct filing address location. These addresses may vary depending on where your original form you are requesting was approved.
For example, if you had an application/petition approved at a local USCIS office, then your USCIS I-824 filing location will be different than if you had your application/petition approved at a USCIS service center.
Check with your immigration attorney before filing your petition to make sure you are sending your USCIS I-824 form to the correct place.
There are various locations to send your Form I-824 if you are filing with CBP.
You can mail your application to the CBP Admissibility Review Office:
CBP Admissibility Review Office
22685 Holiday Park Drive, Suite 10
Sterling, VA 20598-1234
You also have the option of submitting your Form I-824 at either a CBP-designated port of entry or a preclearance office. Form I-824 designated ports of entry locations can be found on the CBP website.
If you submit your form to a port of entry or preclearance office, you can do so in person.
The immigration and naturalization lawyers at Scott D. Pollock & Associates, P.C. are here to help with all of your immigration questions. We will be by your side through your entire process of coming to the United States. If you have any inquiries about the USCIS I-824 form, reach out today.
We have over 70 years of combined experience and can help you with anything from nonimmigrant waivers of inadmissibility to completing your naturalization process.
Contact us by calling 312.444.1940 or by filling out an online form today. We look forward to hearing from you!