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Form I-817 is a United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) family-based immigration form that allows undocumented immigrants to request Family Unity Program benefits and benefit extensions. On this page, you’ll find information about Form I-817, the Family Unity Program, the Family Unity benefits you can receive, and how to file it .
USCIS emphasizes the importance of family-based immigration and values families staying together. The immigration attorneys at our law firm also hold family unity in high esteem. We will work with you to make sure that not only you and your family could stay together but are able to thrive in the United States.
You will file Form I-817 if you need to request Family Unity Program benefits. You will also file this form to request an extension of these benefits.
Form I-817 grants two primary benefits:
The form itself is a 10-part document. You need to include many specifications in the form, and legal knowledge about qualifying for Family Unity benefits. Work with an experienced immigration attorney from our law firm for legal guidance and representation when filing Form I-817.
You can receive Family Unity benefits if you qualify for one of two immigration acts:
Both immigration acts allow you to apply for the two Family Unity benefits of remaining in the U.S. for two years and receiving an EAD. However, if you are applying under the LIFE Act and your spouse or parent already has a pending application for adjustment of status through family sponsorship, then the time period is shortened to one year instead of two.
If you are unsure whether you qualify for either of these immigration acts, speak with the experienced attorneys at Scott D. Pollock & Associates P.C. We will review the immigration acts with you and let you know what benefits you are eligible for. We want you to be able to remain with your family for as long as possible and we will work tirelessly to see that you are granted Family Unity immigration if you meet the requirements.
If you are an undocumented immigrant who is at risk of being separated from your family in the United States, you should file Form I-817. This form allows unmarried children or the spouse of certain lawful permanent residents to legally reside in the United States with their families, as well as opens the door to applying for a green card.
Undocumented immigrants -unmarried children and spouses- need to be related to an LPR who received their residency through the Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA).
The IRCA came into effect during the Reagan administration in 1986. IRCA makes it possible for immigrants to gain legal residency if:
Though the IRCA helped migrants, particularly during the 1980s, the form did not allow families to stay together. Therefore, the Family Unity Program was formed to keep migrant families together to remain legally in the United States.
Additionally, you must reside and file your application for Family Unity Benefits while you are in the United States.
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Form I-817, Application for Family Unity Benefits, is a 10-part document. Make sure you use black ink when filing your form. Below are step-by-step instructions to fill out your Form I-817:
This section requests information about you. Here, you will write or type out information about yourself, including your:
Part two is titled “Biographic Information.” You will indicate the following information here:
Part 3 informs USCIS of your Family Unity benefits qualification. There are eight options to choose from that specify the qualifying conditions. You must check one of the eight in order to be eligible for benefits.
You will then indicate which benefit act you are applying for once you have established that you qualify for benefits. You have four options to choose from:
Your choice depends on what you chose in the first section of Part 3 (your basis for applying).
Part 4 is for information about your relationship with your LPR spouse or parent. You will fill out the following information:
If you are filing as a spouse:
If you are filing on the basis of child/parent relationship:
Part five is reserved for any additional information USCIS wants to know, including:
For any inadmissible acts you have done (Consult with the attorneys at Scott D. Pollock & Associates P.C. if you have committed any inadmissible acts.)
Part 6 is for your statement, contact information, declaration, certification, and signature. Make sure you read through all of the information before signing your Form I-817.
Part 7 is for interpreter information if you use an interpreter to fill out your form. The interpreter will include their full name, address, contact information, certification, and signature.
This section is similar to part 7, but instead of an interpreter, it is for any other person involved in preparing your Form I-817. For example, your immigration attorney will sign part 8 of the form.
You will sign the form again in part 9. The signature here will be placed on your Employment Authorization Document.
The final section is for any additional information you need to add. Use this part if you ran out of room in a previous section of the form.
There is a $600 filing fee and $85 biometric fee for applicants 14 years old or above, making the total Form I-817 filing fee $685.
Filing form I-817 can be a complicated process that involves lengthy paperwork and legal jargon. Contact an experienced family sponsorship lawyer at Scott D. Pollock & Associates P.C. for help and guidance filing your form. We are here to answer any of your questions about the Family Unity Program, adjustment of status, or other family-based immigration forms. Call us at 312.444.1940 or fill out an online contact form for your inquiries. We look forward to hearing from you!
Click the link to find out if you are eligible for a sibling green card. Our family sponsorship attorneys can help today!