For people who’ve immigrated to the U.S. and obtained legal residency, one of the great joys is bringing family members to live in the U.S. In order to make that happen, you need to get a visa for your relative. USCIS Form I-130 is the first step in obtaining a visa. This form also goes by the name Petition for Alien Relative. Throughout the form, you’re called the Petitioner and the relative you’re applying for is called the Beneficiary.
Part B is where you fill out information about yourself, such as your immigration status, your address and your birth information. Part C of the form is where you submit information about your family member. One of the questions asks if your relative is currently in the U.S. If you answer ‘yes’ to this question, you will need to complete the next section which asks the status of your relative’s stay in the U.S. The form asks if your relative arrived as a visitor, student, stowaway, without inspection, etc. This part of the form is relatively simple. If your relative is a visitor, you would fill in ‘he/she is a visitor’. The same if your relative is a student in the U.S. and has a student visa. If your relative arrived without inspection, i.e. arrived illegally in the U.S., you will need to explain why and how. The form also asks for the I-94 information and the dates of arrival a scheduled departure. The scheduled departure date would be the date their I-94 or I-95 expires.
You will also want to submit copies of visas and any supporting information that clarifies their entry status into the U.S.
The relatives you’re permitted to submit I-130 forms for are the following:
- Your husband or wife.
- Your children.
- Your parents.
- Your siblings (if you are a U.S. citizen, but not if you’re a lawful permanent resident.
For all of the above, you will need to submit birth records, full names, addresses and employment information (except for minor children). For a husband or wife, you’ll also need to include a marriage certificate proving you have a legal union. If you or your spouse has been previously married, you’ll need to submit either a divorce decree or a death certificate showing the marriage ended due to the spouse’s death.
For many people of foreign countries, these documents can be difficult to come by. If you don’t have official records, you can get affidavits (sworn statements) to support your relative’s status.
If you don’t speak English fluently, we can supply translations of the I-130 to ensure that you fully understand the information you’re being asked to supply. Our service will also print out your information onto the form so that your information is clearly readable by the processor at USCIS.
You will need to attach a money order or check for $420 to cover the application fee. Once your I-130 is processed, you’ll be notified as to whether your petition was granted or denied. If it’s granted, you can then apply for a visa for your family member.
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