For people who are trying to bring foreign relatives into the U.S., the process can be difficult, especially if English isn’t your first language. This article will help to clear up some of the issues involved with submitting the USCIS I-130 Form. This form establishes your relationship to the person you’re helping to immigrate. It’s also known as the Petition For Alien Relative and it’s the beginning of the process of gaining legal entry for your family member.
You must be a U.S. citizen or a lawful permanent resident to make this application. You can apply to bring in certain family members, such as your spouse, children and parents. You must complete a different I-130 form for each member of your family.
Part B of the form lists items about you, the petitioner. You need to fill in your place of birth, including the city, state and country where you were born. Make sure that the information you supply on this line corresponds with your birth certificate to avoid confusion and delays. You will also need to supply this information in Part C of the form for your relative (the beneficiary). You will need to furnish a birth certificate for your relative, so the information you fill in for them must also match the city, state and country listed on that document.
Always be sure you fill out form I-130 accurately and legibly. If you leave items blank or if your writing isn’t legible, you will have delays in the processing of your form. Also be sure to include any supporting documents with your application that will clarify your relationship to your relative. If you’re applying for a child, include their birth certificate and any other information that establishes you as the parent. If you’re trying to gain entry for a spouse, you’ll need to include your marriage certificate and things like joint property ownership documents to establish a valid marriage.
If your application is granted, you will then be able to apply for a visa for legal entry for your relative. Applying for a visa is a completely separate process. Just because your I-130 form is granted, doesn’t necessarily mean that your visa application will be granted. It just means that your relative is qualified to apply for a visa.
Many people filling out this form aren’t yet fluent in English. Misunderstandings can cause delays in processing your application. If you take advantage of our service, we can provide translations of the questions, as well as printing out your answers clearly and legibly to help your application move through the process more smoothly.
Once you’ve checked your application for errors and omissions, make sure you sign your name at the bottom of the form. You also need to attach a check or money order for the application fee in the amount of $420.
You will receive notification that your application has been received by USCIS, but it can take up to a year for you to find out if it’s been accepted or denied. If accepted, your relative can then apply for a visa.
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