Many people who’ve obtained legal residency status in the United States wish to bring their husband or wife here, too. You must be a U.S. citizen or a lawful permanent resident to apply for immigration status for your spouse or certain other family members such as children and parents. Before you can apply for an immigration visa for your relative, you first must submit the USCIS Form I-130. This form is also known as the Petition of Alien Relative. It is meant to certify that your claim of relationship to the relative is valid. Once the petition is approved, you can then apply for a visa. If it’s denied, you cannot apply for a visa for your relative. Be advised that getting your I-130 petition granted doesn’t mean that your visa application will also be granted. They are totally separate items with different criteria.
Section B of the form I-130 is where you’re required to fill out information about yourself (petitioner), such as your residency status, birth date, address, employment, etc. Section C is where you fill out information about the relative (beneficiary), whether it’s your spouse, child, or parent. Each person you’re applying for must have a separate application form. For example, if you’re applying for your husband, daughter and son to immigrate, you would need to fill out three I-130 forms, one for each of them.
In section C, you’ll be asked to supply the address at which you and your spouse last lived together. If the last time you and your spouse lived together was in your native country, you would put that address. For instance, you would put, 10221 Avenida Escalante, Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico, if that was where you last lived with your spouse before you immigrated to the U.S.
If you lived with your spouse in the U.S. since you immigrated to the U.S., you would enter that address on the form. For instance, if you and your wife both had temporary work visas for farm work and you were granted permanent residency, but she wasn’t, you would put the address where you lived in the U.S. while she was here. Always remember to put the street number, city, state and country, such as 120 Main Street, Portland, Oregon, U.S.
If you need help with translations or other types of assistance in completing the I-130 form, our service can provide it. In addition to helping with translations, we can ensure that there are no omissions on the form and print out your answers to ensure legibility.
It will take months, or perhaps a year for your application to be processed, after which you can apply for a visa, so be aware that obtaining legal status for your relative is a lengthy endeavor.
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