What is a Form I-566?
Form I-566 is a document issued by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to certify that a foreign national has been lawfully admitted to the United States as a lawful permanent resident (LPR) or is otherwise authorized to work in the United States. The form is used to verify the immigration status of individuals who are eligible to work in the United States, such as LPRs, refugees, asylees, and nonimmigrants in certain visa categories.
Who is Eligible for Form I-566?
Form I-566 is available to any foreign national currently in the United States who is applying for an immigrant or nonimmigrant status in a category which requires an approved employment authorization document (EAD) from United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). This includes those applying for family-based immigrant visas, special immigrant juvenile status, temporary protected status, U visas, and T visas.
What is the Latest Form I-566 Edition?
The latest edition of Form I-566 is the December 23, 2019 version.
What are the Required Documents for Form I-566?
To submit Form I-566, the following documents must be provided:
1. A completed Form I-566.
2. A copy of your written offer of employment or copy of the petition for foreign worker filed with the Department of Labor.
3. A copy of your foreign worker’s passport, including the bio page and any other pages showing extensions, endorsements, visas and other immigration stamps.
4. Copies of any applicable documentation showing any prior immigration status, such as Form I-797 (Approval Notice) or Form I-94 (Arrival/Departure Record).
5. Copies of any applicable documents evidencing eligibility for the immigration benefit requested, such as evidence of a qualifying relationship or other requirements necessary for the immigration benefit requested.
6. Any additional supporting documentation that may be necessary to demonstrate eligibility for an immigration benefit, such as evidence of employment, educational qualifications or evidence of financial support.
How to Submit Form I-566?
Form I-566 must be submitted either electronically or by mail. To submit electronically, the form can be completed online and submitted through the U.S Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) website. To mail in the form, it must be printed out with all required information filled in, signed, and sent to the appropriate USCIS address which can be found on the form itself. Any supporting documents that are required for the form must also be included in the package.
What are the Filing Tips for Form I-566?
1. Be sure to fill out the form completely and accurately. Include all required documents and information, such as the name and address of employer and a copy of the current job offer letter.
2. Make sure the form is signed and dated correctly by both the employer and employee.
3. Check for any errors before submitting the form. It is important that all information is correct to avoid delays in processing.
4. Submit all required documents with the form, including a copy of your passport and employment authorization card if applicable.
5. Include the correct filing fee with your form. The fee for Form I-566 will vary depending on your petition type and other factors.
6. Always keep copies of all documents submitted for your records.
7. Submit the Form I-566 to the correct USCIS Service Center based on where you live or work in the U.S.
8. Be sure to check your status after submitting the form to make sure it has been received and processed correctly by USCIS.
Are There Special Instructions for Form I-566?
Yes, there are special instructions for Form I-566. To complete Form I-566, you must:
1. Read the instructions carefully before filling out the form.
2. Make sure to enter all the requested information accurately.
3. Make sure to sign and date the form in the spaces provided.
4. Attach all the required documents and forms listed in the instructions.
5. Mail the completed form and all documents to the address listed in the instructions.
What is the Form I-566 Fee?
The Form I-566 is an application for the Interagency Record of Request A or B non-immigrant classification. The fee for filing the form is $120, plus an additional $25 fee for each dependent family member.
Can I Apply for Form I-566 Fee Waiver or Reduction?
Yes, you can apply for a fee waiver or reduction for Form I-566. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) provides fee waivers and reductions for certain forms. To qualify for a Form I-566 fee waiver or reduction, you must meet one of the following eligibility criteria: 1) have an income that is at or below 150 percent of the Federal Poverty Guidelines; 2) have a financial hardship; 3) be a member of the U.S. armed forces, or 4) be a refugee, asylee, or parolee. If you meet any of these criteria, you may submit Form I-912, Request for Fee Waiver to apply for a fee waiver or reduction.
What is the Form I-566 Processing Time?
The processing time for a Form I-566 depends on the type of filing and the volume of cases at each specific USCIS Service Center. Generally speaking, processing times range from several weeks to several months. Please visit the USCIS website for more information on processing times.