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Form I-192, Form I-212 and Form I-824

Form I-192: Application for Advance Permission to Enter as Non-Immigrant

Form I-192

Instructions for Form I-192

There are many reasons why a person may be ineligible to enter the United States. The legal descriptions are lengthy and complex therefore a list of the most common reasons is provided below. This information should not be interpreted to be a comprehensive list of reasons you may be denied entry into the United States. In general, you might be denied entry:

 

  • If you have a communicable disease,
  • Determined to be a drug abuser or addict,
  • If you have a criminal record of multiple convictions,
  • If you have a criminal record for crimes of moral turpitude,
  • Violated any law or regulation relating to a controlled substance including but not limited to trafficking in a controlled substance,
  • If you have trafficked in persons,
  • If you have been involved in money laundering,
  • If you have overstayed a previous period of admission to the United States

 

This list is not all inclusive. For a complete listing please refer to Section 212(a) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA).

Please note that as stated above, a conviction of a crime involving moral turpitude (CIMT) may render an individual inadmissible to the United States. A determination of whether a specific crime constitutes a CIMT can be complex. It may require review of not only the facts of conviction and the statutory definition of the criminal offense but elements of the offense.

The most common types of CIMTs that would make you inadmissible are murder, manslaughter, rape, theft, bribery, forgery, aggravated battery, prostitution, and fraud.

Depending on the reason for your inadmissibility into the United States, and if you are a class of nonimmigrant where a visa is not required, e.g., most citizens of Canada, you may be eligible to apply in advance of your travel directly to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) for a temporary waiver of inadmissibility. The waiver application process can be lengthy (up to a year) and there is a cost of $585.00 US dollars per application regardless of the decision.

The temporary waiver application, Form I-192, Application for Advance Permission to Enter as Nonimmigrant [Pursuant to Section 212(d)(3)(A) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA)], is on the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services' web site. The Form I-192 and instructions can be downloaded at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Immigration Forms website. ( Form I-192 ) This form should be filed with CBP if you are an inadmissible visa-exempt nonimmigrant. (Please refer to Section 212(d)(3)(A)(ii) of the INA and Title 8 Code of Federal Regulation 212.4(b) for pertinent statute and regulation).

If you are an applicant for T nonimmigrant status or an applicant for U nonimmigrant status and you are inadmissible, you should file your Form I-192 with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

Landed Immigrants and certain Canadians who require a visa (e.g. for E, K, or V status applicants) to enter the United States, but are ineligible for one of the reasons previously mentioned should contact a local United States Consulate to discuss their situation. Likewise, citizens of other countries may discuss waivers of ineligibility with a consular officer if they are likely to be denied entry for one of the previously mentioned reasons. Consular officers may recommend a waiver for certain ineligible visa applicants.

The Form I-192 application package must include the following:

  1. Evidence of your Citizenship.
  2. Completed Form I-192 signed and submitted by you (no copies).
  3. A properly executed Form G-28 must be included with the application if you have retained an authorized person to represent you on this specific application. ( Form G-28 )
  4. U.S. Fingerprint card FD-258. This fingerprint card will be completed by a U.S. CBP Officer at the time of submission of your application.
  5. A Form G-325A completed and signed by you. Please ensure that all copies of this form are legible.
  6. If you have a criminal record in any other country's court system, you must also obtain a copy of the applicable record or an official letter from the court of jurisdiction stating the reason why a copy of the record is not available.
  7. Canadians: To obtain verification of your criminal record or evidence of a lack thereof from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) by submitting your fingerprints on Form C216C. The returned Civil Product and any accompanying records must be dated and endorsed by the RCMP within 15 months of submission with your Form I-192. For instructions, addresses and payment information, please visit the RCMP website.
    Do not submit the Form I-192 application until you have obtained the documents from the RCMP. Incomplete packages will not be processed.
  8. A copy of the official court record from the actual court of conviction indicating plea indictment, conviction and disposition for each and every crime committed anywhere in the world.
  9. If you are inadmissible to the United States because of a criminal conviction, you should submit a statement in your own words, signed by you, explaining the circumstances of each arrest, conviction, and sentence or fine imposed. In addition, you should submit any evidence or explanation of your reformation of character or rehabilitation such as counseling or rehabilitation programs completed, current employment, marital status, community service etc. or any other information you wish to be considered and you believe strengthens your request.
  10. If you are inadmissible for one of the Health Related grounds identified in the INA, e.g., drug user or addict, you will need to provide evidence of treatment/rehabilitation. Such evidence shall include, but may not be limited to, the following: A recent drug test; credible, verifiable evidence related to rehabilitative history; statement from the applicant making clear his/her commitment to refrain from using controlled substances in the United States, credible, verifiable evidence outlining subject's program for substitution therapy/treatment and/or continued care relative to his/her drug use/addiction if allowed to enter the United States.
  11. If you have been found inadmissible under section 212(a)(9)(B) of the INA (unlawfully present in the United States) please submit detailed information regarding:
    • Current foreign employment. 
    • Previous U.S. employment. 
    • Family members presently living in the United States.
    •  Past and current United States and/or foreign business investments.
    • Any and all ties you have to your present foreign country/residence.

In Summary: The Form I-192 and accompanying documents are filed in advance of travel. The Immigration and Nationality Act and federal regulation establish access and use of the Form I-192, e.g., the class of aliens where a nonimmigrant visa is not required. Most citizens of Canada may use this form and submit their application at a major Port of Entry at the U.S. Border or a CBP Preclearance office in Canada.

Form I-212: Application for Permission to Reapply for Admission into the United States After Deportation or Removal

Form I-212

Instructions for Form I-212

This application or form is for a particular inadmissible immigrant and nonimmigrant population that is seeking permission to reapply for admission into the United States (also known as "consent to reapply") after they have been excluded, deported, or removed from the United States or had been unlawfully present in the United States for an aggregate period of more than 1 year, and subsequently entered or attempted to reenter the United States without being admitted.

There are three pertinent sections in the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) that address the above referenced nonimmigrant and his/her need to obtain consent to reapply in advance of applying for admission into the United States. The three noted sections are §212(a)(9)(A), §212(a)(9)(C) and §276. If any of the noted sections apply to you and you are not required to obtain a visa to enter the United States as a non-immigrant, you may file Form I-212 at a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP)-designated port of entry or a CBP-designated preclearance office. The Form I-212 and accompanying documents must be filed in advance of travel.

  • Nonimmigrant visitors who require consent to reapply and need a visa to enter the United States as a nonimmigrant should contact the nearest United States Embassy or Consulate.
  • Citizens of Palau, the Federated States of Micronesia, or the Marshall Islands may contact the nearest consulate of the U.S. Department of State to receive instructions on where and how to submit this form.
  • If you require consent to reapply and are inadmissible to the United States because of additional reasons (for example, having; a communicable disease, criminal record for crimes involving moral turpitude, or a violation of any controlled substance law), you may also have to file a Form I-192 in conjunction with a Form I-212. Both Forms I-212 and I-192 may be downloaded at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Forms website.
  • In addition to the required evidence stated on the revised Form I-212 Instructions, the following additional information/documentation should be submitted with the Form I-212
    • Evidence of Citizenship.
    • Any supporting documentation.
    • U.S. Fingerprint card FD-258. This fingerprint card will be completed by a U.S. CBP Officer at the time of submission of your application.
    • A Form G-325A completed and signed by the applicant. Please ensure that all copies of this form are legible.
    • A properly executed Form G-28 must be included with the application if the alien has retained an authorized representative.
    • Each application, regardless of the ground of inadmissibility, must be accompanied by a copy of an official police record or evidence that no record exists, from the applicant's country of residence or nationality. This record is valid for 15 months.

Canadians: You can obtain verification of their criminal record or evidence of a lack thereof from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) by submitting their fingerprints on Form C-216C. The returned Civil Product and any accompanying records must be dated and endorsed by the RCMP within 15 months of submission with the Form I-212. For instructions, addresses and payment information, please visit the RCMP website. Do not submit the Form I-212 application until you have obtained the documents from the RCMP. Incomplete packages will not be processed.

Form I-824: Application for Action on an Approved Application or Petition

Form I-824

Instructions for Form I-824

This application or form is for the beneficiary of an approved Form I-192 or Form I-212 in need of a duplicate of his or her original decision. It would be used when the original decision has been lost, stolen or mutilated. Under these circumstances a duplicate of the decision may be requested from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection's Admissibility Review Office (ARO). You may also obtain a duplicate of a previously issued indefinite decision that was issued in conjunction with Form I-185, Nonresident Alien Canadian Border Crossing Card (BCC).

Please note: Form I-185 is no longer issued however, you may obtain a duplicate of a previously issued indefinite waiver if the waiver authorization has not been revoked or voided.

A duplicate of an approved decision that is still valid may be requested by submitting Form I-824, Application for Action on an Approved Application or Petition. You can obtain Form I-824 at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services website.

  • If your approved decision expires in less than 6 months, you may want to consider submitting a new Form I-192 application.

The completed Form I-824 application, with a fee of $405.00 US dollars and a short explanation of why a duplicate is required, can be mailed to U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Admissibility Review Office, at 12825 Worldgate Drive, Herndon, VA 20598-1340 or submitted in person at a designated CBP land border or CBP preclearance office.

Application Filing Fee:
Bank drafts, cashier's checks, certified checks, personal checks and money orders must be drawn on U.S. financial institutions and payable in U.S. funds. The fee should be made payable to U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Updated application fee information can be found at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services website or by contacting the preclearance office or port of entry where you are submitting your application.

Application Status Inquiries:
Please allow at least 90 days from the date of submission of your Form I-192, Form I-212, or Form I-824 before making an inquiry about the status of your application. A full review of your circumstances can take up to six months or longer. You may ask for an update by emailing inquiry.waiver.aro@dhs.gov. Attorneys or a properly designated representative may ask for an update by emailing attorneyinquiry.waiver.aro@dhs.gov. Be sure to provide your full name, DOB, and your A number.

Address change:
Please note that CBP decisions and requests for evidence or additional information will be sent to the address you provide on your application. Failure to respond to a CBP request can result in an application being denied. Hence, if you change your address while a Form I-192, Form I-212, or Form I-824 application is pending with CBP, you should inform CBP of your new address. You can accomplish this update by sending a letter with your biographic information and both your old and new addresses to U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Admissibility Review Office, 12825 Worldgate Drive, Herndon, VA 20598-1340. You can also email updated information to inquiry.waiver.aro@dhs.gov. Attorneys and other accredited representatives can notify the ARO on behalf of their clients by regular mail or by e-mail via attorneyinquiry.waiver.aro@dhs.gov.

Filing at a Land Border Port of Entry:
You may file in person at a designated land border port of entry. When you bring in your application, you will be given a receipt for your application fee and the U.S. set of fingerprints will be taken. The following is a list of designated ports that accept the Form I-192, Form I-212, and Form I-824 in advance of travel.

Not all ports of entry are able to process applications for temporary waivers in advance of travel.

 

Boston Field Office Port Address

Portland Port of Entry
312 Fore Street
Portland, ME 04101
Phone: (207) 771-3600
Fax: (207) 771-3608

Houlton Port of Entry
27 Customs Loop
Houlton, ME 04730
Phone: (207) 532-2131 x 0
Fax: (207) 532-4153

Fort Fairfield Port of Entry
4 Boundry 4 Line Road
Fort Fairfield, ME 04742
Phone: (207) 473-7474

Ft. Kent Port of Entry
401 West Main Street
Fort Kent, ME 04743
Phone: (207) 834-5255

Van Buren Port of Entry
137 Bridge Street, P.O. Box 146
Van Buren, ME 04785
Phone: (207) 868-3391

Madawaska Port of Entry
63 Bridge Avenue, Suite 101
Madawaska, ME 04756
Phone: (207) 728-4376 x 0

Calais Port of Entry
3 Customs Street
Calais, ME 04619
Phone: (207) 904-3001

Jackman Port of Entry
2614 Main Street
Sandy Bay Twp, ME 04945
Phone: (207) 668-3711

Highgate Springs Port of Entry
480 Welcome Center Road
Swanton, VT 05488
Phone: (802) 868-2778

Richford Port of Entry
705 Province Street
Richford, VT 05476
Phone: (802) 848-7766

Derby Line Port of Entry
107 Interstate 91 South
Derby Line, VT 05830
Phone: (802) 873-3219

Norton Port of Entry
115 Rte. 147 N.
Norton, VT 05907
Phone: (802) 822-5222

Buffalo Field Office Port Address

Buffalo - Peace Bridge Port of Entry
Monday - Thursday
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
(716) 888-4926

Champlain - Port of Entry
Monday - Thursday
For an appointment call (518) 298-8346

Lewiston / Queenston Bridge Port of Entry
Monday - Thursday
2:00 PM - 9:00 PM
(716) 282-1500 x353

Massena - Port of Entry
Monday - Thursday
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
For an appointment call (315) 769-3091

Niagara Falls - Rainbow Bridge
Monday - Thursday
2:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Sunday (October- May only)
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
(716) 284-5174 x324

Ogdensburg - Port of Entry
Monday - Thursday
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
For an appointment call (315) 393-1390

Thousand Islands Bridge Port of Entry (Alexandria Bay)
Monday - Thursday
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
For an appointment call (315) 482-2065

Seattle Field Office Port Address

Pacific Highway Port of Entry
9950 Pacific Highway
Blaine, WA 98230
Monday and Wednesday
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
(360) 332-5771

Sumas Port of Entry
109 Cherry Street
Sumas, WA 98295
Tuesday and Friday
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
(360) 988-4781

Lynden Port of Entry
9949 Guide Meridian Road
Lynden, WA 98264
Blaine, WA 98230
Thursday Only
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
(360) 354-2183

Oroville Port of Entry
33643 Hwy 97 North
Oroville, WA 98844
Monday-Friday
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
(509) 476-2955

Eastport Port of Entry
Highway 95 North
Eastport, ID 83826
Monday-Friday
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
(208) 267-3966

Roosville Port of Entry
8395 Highway 93 North
Eureka, MT 59917
Monday-Friday
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
(406) 889-3865

Sweetgrass Port of Entry
Interstate 15 North
Sweetgrass, MT 59484
Monday-Friday
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
(406) 335-9610

Raymond Port of Entry
Highway 16 North
Raymond, MT 59256
Monday-Friday
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
(406) 895-2664

Portal Port of Entry
301 W. Railway Ave
Portal, ND 58772
Monday-Friday
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
(701) 926-4241

Pembina Port of Entry
112 W. Stutsman
Pembina, ND 58271
Monday-Friday
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
(701) 825-6551

Dunseith Port of Entry
State Highway
Dunseith, ND 58239
Monday-Friday
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
(701) 263-4460

International Falls Port of Entry
2nd Avenue
International Falls, MN 55649
Monday-Friday
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
(218) 283-2541

Grand Portage Port of Entry
9403 Highway 61
Grand Portage, MN
Monday-Friday
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
(218) 475-2244

Del Bonita Port of Entry
4071 Chalk Butte
41 miles north of Cut Bank on Hwy. 213
Cut Bank, MT 59427-9109
Monday-Friday
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
(406) 336-2130

Morgan Port of Entry
53869 US Highway 191 N.
Loring, MT 59537-9600
Monday-Friday
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
(406) 674-5248

Opheim Port of Entry
6071 State Highway 24 North
Opheim, MT 59250-0376
Monday-Friday
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
(406) 724-3212

Piegan Port of Entry
10 miles North of Babb on Highway 89
Babb, MT 59411-0109
Monday-Friday
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
(406) 732-5572

Scobey Port of Entry
HWY 13 North at Canadian Border
Scobey, MT 59263-2300
Monday-Friday
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
(406) 783-5375

Turner Port of Entry
12 miles North of Turner on Highway 24
Loring, MT 59537-9600
Monday-Friday
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
(406) 379-2651

Whitetail Port of Entry
Highway 511 North at Canadian Border
Whitetail, MT 59276-0038
Monday-Friday
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
(406) 779-3531

Wild Horse Port of Entry
29966 Wild Horse Road, Highway 232
Havre, MT 59501-8058
Monday-Friday
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
(406) 394-2371

Willow Creek Port of Entry
29942 St Joe Road
Havre, MT 59501-8072
Monday-Friday
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
(208) 267-5309

Porthill Port of Entry
Highway 1 at Canadian Border
Loring, Porthill, ID 83853-0040
Monday-Friday
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
(218) 475-2244

Baudette Port of Entry
PO Box 617, HWY 72 North
Baudette, MN 56623
Monday-Friday
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
(218) 634-2803

Warroad Port of Entry
41781 State Highway 313
Warroad, MN
Monday-Friday
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
(218) 386-2796

Peace Arch Port of Entry
100 Peace Portal Drive
Blaine, WA 98230
Monday-Friday
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
(360) 332-2511

Danville Port of Entry
19130 Highway 21 N.
Danville, WA 99121
Monday-Friday
9:00 AM - 10:00 PM
(509) 779-4862

Laurier Port of Entry
27017 Highway 395 N.
Laurier, WA 99146
Monday-Friday
9:00 AM - 10:00 PM
(509) 684-0570

Frontier Port of Entry
4939 Highway 25 N.
Northport, WA 99157
Monday-Friday
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
(509) 732-6215

Metaline Falls Port of Entry
26781 SR 31
Metaline Falls, WA 99153
Monday-Friday
9:00 AM - 10:00 PM
(509) 446-4421

Detroit Field Office Port Address

Detroit Canada Tunnel Port of Entry
150 E. Jefferson
Detroit, MI 48226
Monday and Wednesday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
(313) 393-3793 Option 0 (zero)

Blue Water Bridge Port of Entry
1410 Elmwood
Port Huron, MI 48060
Monday-Friday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
(810) 982-0133 Ext. 112

International Bridge Port of Entry
900 International Bridge Plaza
Sault Ste Marie, MI 49873
Monday-Friday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
(906) 632-8822

Filing at a Preclearance Office:
You may also file your application with a CBP Preclearance office in Canada. You must appear in person and the U.S. set of fingerprints will be taken at that time. There is no additional biometrics fee for fingerprinting. It is highly recommended that you contact the Preclearance office where you plan to submit your application. You will be able to verify hours of operation and ask questions.