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Understanding Form I-212: Reapplying for Admission into the U.S. After Deportation or Removal


Form I-212 plays a crucial role for individuals who have faced deportation or removal from the United States and seek permission to reapply for admission. At KPB Immigration Law Firm, we understand the complexities of this process and are here to guide you through each step towards reestablishing your presence in the U.S.

What is Form I-212?

Form I-212 is the application individuals must submit to request permission to reapply for admission into the United States after deportation or removal. Whether you've been removed due to a visa overstay, criminal conviction, or other immigration violations, this form is essential for those aiming to return to the U.S.

Navigating the Process: Form I-212 Processing Time

The processing time for Form I-212 can vary based on individual circumstances and the workload of the processing center handling the application. Currently, USCIS estimates an average processing time of 26 months at the Nebraska Service Center and 21.5 months at all field offices.

Understanding the Costs: Form I-212 Fee

To file Form I-212, applicants must pay a fee of $1175 directly to USCIS at the time of filing. This fee can be paid through various methods, including money order, personal check, cashier’s check, or by using Form G-1450 for credit card transactions.

Eligibility for Form I-212

Individuals seeking to reapply for admission into the U.S. after deportation or removal may be eligible to file Form I-212. However, eligibility depends on various factors, including the reason for removal, the length of time spent in the U.S. prior to removal, and other considerations.

Required Supporting Documents

Supporting documents play a crucial role in Form I-212 applications, providing evidence to support the applicant's case. Examples of required documents include:

  • Evidence of the circumstances surrounding the previous deportation or removal.
  • Documentation demonstrating rehabilitation or good moral character.
  • Proof of ties to the U.S., such as family relationships or property ownership.
  • Relevant court documents or police reports related to the previous deportation or removal.

Expert Guidance for Success

Navigating the Form I-212 process can be complex, but our experienced team at KPB Immigration Law Firm is here to provide expert guidance and support. We understand the importance of your immigration goals and are committed to helping you achieve them effectively.

FAQs: Common Questions About Form I-212

How do I prove “favorable factors” to strengthen my application?

  • Examples of favorable factors include close familial connections in the U.S., evidence of rehabilitation, and previous lawful presence in the U.S.

What happens after filing Form I-212?

  • USCIS will review the application, and if additional evidence is required, they may issue a Request for Evidence (RFE). If approved, applicants will receive permission to reapply for admission.

What happens if my Form I-212 is denied?

  • If denied, applicants may have the option to file an appeal with the Administrative Appeals Office (AAO) or submit a new application with additional supporting documents.

Contact Us Today

Ready to navigate the Form I-212 process with confidence? Schedule a consultation with our team at KPB Immigration Law Firm and take the first step towards reestablishing your presence in the United States.