When you’re completing the Form I-130 (also called the Petition for Alien Relative), you will need to include information about yourself (the applicant) and the family member (the beneficiary) you’re helping to immigrate to the U.S.
If you’re a U.S. citizen, the relative you’re applying for can be a spouse (wife or husband), a parent (mother or father), a child (unmarried son or daughter) or a sibling (brother or sister). If you’re a lawful permanent resident (LPR) you can apply for a spouse (husband or wife), child (son or daughter) or parents (mother or father). You will need to fill out a separate form for each family member that you’re applying for.
When you’re filling out form I-130, you will come to a line item under Part B: Information About You that asks for Other Names Used. If you are a married woman and use your husband’s last name, you would enter your maiden name, or the last name you had before you were married. If either the applicant or the beneficiary ever went by any name other than their current legal name, that’s what you would enter for this line item.
Completing the application can be especially confusing if English isn’t your native language. Make sure you understand the information that the form requires in order to avoid mistakes that will cause delays in processing your application. Always write legibly so that your information can be read by the processer. If you use our service, we’ll print your answers onto the form to avoid problems. We can also provide translations of the questions if your English language skills aren’t good. Make sure you fill out every part of the form and sign your name at the end of the application. You will also need to include a check or money order in the amount of $420 for the processing fee.
After you send in your form you will receive notification that your I-130 Form has been received by the Immigration Service. It can take a matter of months or up to a year for your application to be processed. If your application is approved, your relative can submit an application for an immigration visa to the U.S. That application will require more documentation and a further wait for processing before you’re notified as to whether it’s been approved or denied.
Always be realistic about the time it takes for these applications to be processed so you can plan accordingly. If you fill out the forms properly and supply all of the correct documentation with translations, if necessary, you will avoid delays and will have a better chance of getting approval for your family member to be granted legal entry into the United States.
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