Form I-192, Application for Advance Permission to Enter as a Nonimmigrant

Form I-192, Application for Advance Permission to Enter as a Nonimmigrant

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What is Form I-192?

Form I-192, Application for an Advance Permission to Enter as a Nonimmigrant, is a form used by individuals seeking permission to enter the U.S. for a temporary period, despite being otherwise inadmissible under INA section 212(a).

Individuals who believe they are inadmissible due to specific grounds, such as criminal convictions or certain health-related issues, may use Form I-192 to request a waiver of inadmissibility

By submitting this application, the applicant is seeking advance permission to enter the U.S. as a nonimmigrant.

Who can file Form I-192?

Form I-192 can be filed by the following individuals:

  • Inadmissible nonimmigrants already in possession of appropriate documents
  • Applicants for principal or derivative T nonimmigrant status (Form I-914, or I-914, Supplement A)
  • Applicants for principal or derivative U nonimmigrant status (Form I-918, or I-918, Supplement A)

It’s important to note that filing Form I-192 is not a guarantee of approval. 

USCIS will review each case individually, taking into consideration the specific circumstances and grounds of inadmissibility. 

Applicants are encouraged to provide all necessary supporting documentation and details to strengthen their case.

Form I-192 filing fee

The filing fee for Form I-192 is:

  • $930 if filing with USCIS
  • $585 if filing with CBP

You can pay Form I-192 filing fee with a money order, personal check, cashier’s check or pay by credit card using Form G-1450, Authorization for Credit Card Transactions.

If you pay by check, it must be payable to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Use the USCIS Fee Calculator to determine the correct amount of fee you need to pay.

USCIS filing fees are subject to change, check the most recent Form I-192 fee on the USCIS website.

Form I-192 checklist of required documents

The following documents must be submitted with your Form I-192 application (submit photocopies only):

Evidence required Examples of acceptable documents
Inadmissible on Foreign Policy or National Security Grounds – INA section 212(a)(3) Only if you are inadmissible on Foreign Policy or National Security Grounds:

  • Detailed written statement explaining why you are inadmissible and why you should be admitted
  • Must be signed under penalty of perjury under U.S. law                                                                                                                                                                  
Inadmissible on Health-Related Grounds – INA section 212(a)(1)) Only if you are inadmissible on health-related grounds:

  • Detailed written statement explaining why you are inadmissible and why you should be admitted
  • If seeking admission to the US for treatment of a medical condition, attach a written statement explaining:
    • That satisfactory treatment cannot be obtained outside the U.S.
    • Arrangements for treatment have been made, including where and from or what institution treatment will be received
    • The financial arrangements for payment of expenses for treatment
    • A bond will be available (if required)
Inadmissible on Criminal Convictions and Related Grounds – INA section 212(a)(2) Only if inadmissible on criminal convictions and related grounds:

  • Detailed written statement signed under penalty of perjury under U.S. law explaining the following:
    • List each crime and criminal statutes for which you were convicted and the country in which you were convicted
    • Dates and places of the commission of the crimes
    • Dates and places of conviction (include name of the court), AND
    • Sentences you received, or any other judgements from the court related to the crimes
    • Each crime must be listed separately
    • Official record of each conviction and all court dispositions
    • Documents relating to the sentence, parole, probation, or pardon
    • If an official record is unavailable, submit an official letter from the court of jurisdiction stating the reason why an official record is unavailable
    • Documents in a foreign language must have a certified English translation (submit photocopy of the document in a foreign language as well)
All Other Grounds of Inadmissibility under UNA section 212(a)
  • Detailed written statement signed under penalty of perjury under U.S. law explaining the following in detail:
    • Your ground of inadmissibility
    • Facts surrounding your ground of inadmissibility
    • Reasons why you should be granted advance permission to enter the U.S.
If filing Form I-192 with CBP
  • Proof of citizenship and identity (passport, citizenship card with a photograph, naturalization certificate, or birth certificate)
  • All other names ever used by you (include marriage certificate or divorce decree if name changes after marriage/divorce)
  • Official police record or evidence that no record exists from your country of residence or citizenship. Such records are valid for 15 months after the issuance date
  • Evidence of rehabilitation and character reformation (rehabilitation programs completed, achievements in community service, sworn affidavits, etc.)
  • Copy of previously issued I-912 decisions

How to file Form I-192

The process of filing Form I-192 involves the following steps:

Step 1. Download the Form I-192:

  • Obtain the latest edition of Form I-192, Application for Advance Permission to Enter as a Nonimmigrant, from the USCIS website.
  • USCIS will reject any outdated editions of Form I-192

Step 2. Gather Supporting Documents:

  • Collect all the necessary supporting documents (see the checklist above). 
  • Unless directed otherwise, submit only photocopies of the documents.

Step 3. Complete the Form:

  • Fill out the form accurately and completely. Sign and date the form in ink
  • USCIS does not accept computer-generated or stamped signatures
  • Fill out and submit Form G-1145 to receive an electronic notification (text message or email) containing USCIS receipt number 

Step 4. Filing fee payment:

  • Check the USCIS website for the most current I-192 filing fee
  • Acceptable forms of payment include: money order, personal check, cashier’s check or credit card payment (fill out Form G-1450)
  • If paying by check, the check must be payable to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Step 5. Submit the Application:

  • The correct mailing address depends on your application category
  • Check the correct Form I-192 filing address on the USCIS website (“Where to File”)
  • Make a copy of the application for your records

Step 6. Check Application Status:

  • If you submitted Form G-1145 to USCIS with your application, 1 week after the submission you will receive a text message or email from USCIS with your Form I-192 receipt notice. Check your spam folder.
  • USCIS will mail the receipt notice 2-3 weeks after the submission date
  • You can track the status of your application online by entering the Form I-192 receipt number 

Step 7. Wait for Processing:

  • USCIS will process your application, and if additional information or document is needed, an RFE notice will be mailed to you. Once processed, you will receive a decision on your application by mail.

Related Links:

Inadmissibility in U.S. Immigration

Form I-601, Application for Waiver of Grounds of Inadmissibility