This article will help you complete the USCIS Form I-130 Petition for Alien Relative. This form allows you as a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident (LPR) to help a family member immigrate to the United States.
The relatives you’re allowed to petition for are your spouse, your children and your parents. If you’re a U.S. citizen you can also apply for your siblings (brothers and sisters) to immigrate. If your status is as an LPR, you can’t apply for your siblings to immigrate.
In particular, we’re going to go over part C of the form that asks for information about your relative. This line item wants to know the date(s) marriage(s) ended, if your relative was previously married. If you’re applying for your spouse (husband or wife) and they were married before marrying you, you need to list the date that the marriage ended, whether it was due to divorce or death.
Here’s an example: Your husband is the person you’re helping to immigrate. He’s called the Petitioner in this form. Let’s say he was married twice before you were married. One of the marriages ended in divorce and one ended due to his wife’s death. You will need to list the names of the previous spouses, as well as the dates of the divorce or death that ended the marriages.
USCIS needs this information in order to validate your current marriage to your spouse. If the date of your spouse’s previous marriage ended after you married them, then your marriage isn’t considered legal in the U.S. If this is the case, you will need to get remarried in order to make your spouse your legal partner for immigration purposes.
You will also need to supply the death certificates and divorce documents related to these former marriages. Make sure the dates on these documents match the dates you’ve filled out on the form. If these documents are in a language other than English, you’ll need to provide certified translations for them.
Because English probably isn’t your first language, you are more likely to make mistakes on your I-130 form. For this reason, check the application carefully to ensure that you don’t have errors or omissions. Our service can help with translations, as well as printing out your answers clearly and legibly to help avoid problems.
Also, make sure you sign the form at the bottom. You will need to attach a check for $420 to cover the application fee.
If this petition is granted, the next step in your relative’s immigration process is to apply for a visa. Be aware that this is a completely separate process with its own requirements.
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