Form I-191 allows an LPR (lawful permanent resident, or green card holder) to apply for permission to return to the US or avoid deportation. It is a waiver under the former Section 212(c) for certain convicted felons.
You may apply for an I-191 if:
Note: Section 212(c) was actually repealed in 1996. However, under a 2001 Supreme Court decision, it continues to be available for those with convictions prior to April 1, 1997. Here we will explain when and how to fill a 212(c) waiver form I-191.
If the following conditions apply, you are eligible for a relief under Form I-191:
USCIS provides the Form I-191 through its website. You can download it here. (Though we do not recommend it, if you want a physical form, you can call the USCIS customer service center at 1-800-375-5283 and ask for one to be mailed to you. Note: never pay for the form itself!) Each application must be submitted with its filing fee ($930). You must submit all evidence needed for the waiver. Further, USCIS may require a biometric appointment. It will inform you in writing if you need to attend.
The form I-191 has twelve parts:
All requested information should be on court documents regarding each conviction. Yet, the form has space for three convictions, but you must list them all. Further, this includes convictions abroad.
Here, you must provide information about where you lived in the last seven years. Yet, you must start with most recent residencies.
Here, you must list all your employments in the last seven years. It must include part-time jobs.
Include information about your spouse, children, and parents.
You must state if you are subject to removal due to any other reasons beyond those in Part 3.
Form I-191 can only be approved if your application has more favorable than unfavorable factors.
Some unfavorable factors might be:
Favorable factors can be:
This section must include your signature and contact information. It must state if you read the Form I-191 or had an interpreter.
It only applies if you had an interpreter. It must include his signature, signature, and contact info.
If you need extra space for any of the above, use the space provided here.
A properly filed Form I-191 can make a difference. And filing it improperly, without knowing whether you qualify, can lead to being placed in removal proceedings.
As such, do not attempt to file by yourself without talking to a lawyer first.