What is Form I-824?
Form I-824, officially known as the “Application for Action on an Approved Application or Petition,” is a form issued by USCIS.
The purpose of Form I-824 is to request USCIS to take action on an approved petition or application.
Here are some common scenarios in which Form I-824 might be used:
- Consular Processing: If you have an approved immigrant visa petition (such as a family-sponsored or employment-based petition) and you want to have the case forwarded to the U.S. Department of State’s National Visa Center for consular processing abroad, you may file Form I-824.
- Change the U.S. Embassy or Consulate: if you want to change the location of the U.S. Embassy or Consulate where beneficiary will apply for a nonimmigrant visa
- Change Consulate Processing to Adjustment of Status: if you previously indicated on Form I-130 or Form I-140 that beneficiary will apply for an immigrant visa abroad and want to change that to Adjustment of Status in the U.S.
- Duplicate Approval Notice: If you have lost or need a duplicate approval notice for an approved petition or application, you can file Form I-824 to request a replacement.
- Naturalization: if you want to inform the U.S. Department of State that the petitioner become a US citizen through naturalization
Who can file Form I-824?
Form I-824, officially known as the “Application for Action on an Approved Application or Petition,” can be filed by individuals in certain situations where they need USCIS to take action on an approved petition or application.
Here are the common scenarios in which individuals may file Form I-824 with USCIS:
- You are requesting a duplicate approval notice of the application or petition. USCIS will only provide you with a duplicate copy of the approval notice. Copy of the application itself and a replacement EAD card, green card, or travel document will not be provided.
- You are requesting USCIS to notify a new U.S. Embassy/Consulate (different from the original U.S. Embassy or Consulate listed on an approved nonimmigrant visa petition
- You are requesting USCIS to notify a U.S. Embassy/Consulate that obtained permanent resident status in the U.S. This will allow your spouse and unmarried children under 21 to apply for an immigrant visa. This option is available to you if your Form I-485 was approved by USCIS or immigration judge, you have a previously approved Form I-130, Form I-140, religious worker or VAWA (Form I-360 petition) or DV lottery.
- You are requesting USCIS to send your approved immigrant visa petition to the National Visa Center (NVC)
- You are requesting USCIS to notify the U.S. Department of State that you have become a US citizen through naturalization. Note: you can also contact the NVC directly via online Public Inquiry Form and attach your naturalization certificate
Who cannot file Form I-824?
You cannot file Form I-824 in the following situations:
- Your previous application or petition approval has expired or was revoked
- You are requesting further action on an application or petition that was denied, revoked, terminated or withdrawn
- You are requesting a correction of an error on a previously approved petition or application
- You are requesting a duplicate approval notice of your Form I-485
- You are requesting a duplicate approval notice of an approved immigrant visa petition that names your spouse and/or children
- You are requesting USCIS to send information to the U.S. Department of State regarding the approval of your expired nonimmigrant application or petition
- You are requesting USCIS to send information to the U.S. Department of State regarding an employment-based application or petition if your employment for the original petitioner has ended
- You are requesting USCIS to notify the U.S. Department of State of the approval of Forms I-600A, I-600, and/or I-800A
- You are requesting an action on an approved application that was filed with CBP
- You are requesting a replacement of the following documents: Employment Authorization Document (EAD), Form I-94 Arrival-Departure Record, Form I-551, Permanent Resident Card, or Form I-512/I-512L (Travel Document)
- You want to bring your spouse or children to the U.S. and you fall into the following categories:
Form I-824 filing fee
Form I-824 filing fee is $465. You may pay the fee with a money order, personal check, cashier’s check or pay by credit card using Form G-1450, Authorization for Credit Card Transactions.
Exception: no fee for Afghan special immigrants with lawful permanent resident status who check the box “USCIS to notify a U.S. Consulate through the NVC about my adjustment of status to permanent resident in the United States.
Form I-824 checklist of required documents
The checklist of required documents for Form I-824, “Application for Action on an Approved Application or Petition,” must include the following items:
- Form I-824: Make sure the form is completed accurately, signed and dated in ink. Use the most recent edition of the form available on the USCIS website. USCIS will reject outdated editions of the form.
- Filing Fee: Include the required filing fee of $465. Check the USCIS website for the current fee amount.
- Copy of the Approval Notice: Include a copy of the approval notice (front and back) for the original petition or application for which you are requesting action.
- Copy of the U.S. naturalization certificate (front and back) – only if you are requesting to notify the U.S. Department of State of your naturalization status.
- Cover Letter: Provide a cover letter that clearly states the reason for filing Form I-824 and the specific action you are requesting.
- G-1145, E-Notification of Application/Petition Acceptance (optional): If you want to receive electronic notification (email or text) when USCIS accepts your form, you can include Form G-1145.
Where to send Form I-824
The address to which you should send Form I-824, “Application for Action on an Approved Application or Petition,” depends on whether you want to submit this form with USCIS or CBP and your location.
Check the correct mailing address on USCIS Direct Filing Addresses for Form I-824 page.
The address may vary based on whether you are using the U.S. Postal Service (USPS), FedEx, UPS, or another courier service.
Form I-824 processing time
The average Form I-824 processing time is published on the USCIS Processing Times page:
- California Service Center – 3.5 months
- National Benefits Center – 9.5 months
- Nebraska Service Center – 21 months
- Texas Service Center – 12 months
- Vermont Service Center – 15.5. months
Processing times can vary based on factors such as the type of request and the workload at the specific USCIS service center handling the case.
For the most accurate and up-to-date information on Form I-824 processing times, you visit the USCIS Processing Times page, choose “Form I-824” and select your service center. The service center handling your application can be found in the bottom left corner of Form I-824 receipt notice.