Are you a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident wishing to help a family member immigrate to the U.S.? If so, you’ve come to the right place to get information about filing a petition on their behalf.
Before you can apply for a visa for your relative, you must submit the USCIS (United States Citizenship and Immigration Service) Form I-130. However, the process of getting it filled out properly is oftentimes confusing. This is especially true if you don’t yet speak English fluently. We can help by providing translations of the material on the form, as well as ensuring that the form is legible (readable) by printing out your information. We’ll also check over your form for mistakes or information that you might have forgotten to include.
You must be a lawful permanent resident or a U.S. citizen in order to file a petition to sponsor your family member. The family members you can help immigrate are your husband or wife, as well as your children and your parents. People with U.S. citizenship can also apply for their brothers and sisters. Each relative you’re applying for must have a separate I-130 form.
Part A of the form is asking for general information. Part B asks for information about you (the petitioner) and Part C is asking about the relative for whom you’re petitioning (the beneficiary).
One of the lines in Part C asks for the alien registration number of your family member. This number begins with an A followed by eight digits. If your relative previously applied for residency in the U.S., they might have been issued an alien registration number by the immigration service. They also would have received one if they had a student visa, a work permit or if they were deported or had undergone other types of removal proceedings. If so, enter the alien registration number on this line.
If your relative has never applied for visas or permits and has never been in the U.S., they probably don’t have an alien registration number. In that case, enter N/A (not applicable on this line.
For much of the information on the I-130 form, you will need to supply backup paperwork. This will include things like birth certificates, marriage certificates and any immigration papers your relative may have. You will also need to include these items for yourself.
Since your documents are likely to be in a foreign language, you’ll need to supply certified translations of them along with your I-130 form. The purpose of the form is to convince the USCIS that the relationship you’re claiming with the beneficiary is valid, so be sure to include anything that supports that claim. This would include church records, sworn statements by individuals, school records (for children) or deeds to property.
Always be sure to check over your petition before you send it in. Also remember to put your signature at the end of the form and attach the processing fee of $420.
If your petition is granted, you can then submit an application for a visa for your family member to gain legal entry into the U.S.
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