Applying for certain relatives to immigrate is the right of every U.S. citizen, as well as the right of people with the status of lawful permanent residents. The family members you can petition for include your spouse, your children and your parents. Be aware that just because you’re allowed to apply for these family members to gain legal entry into the U.S., doesn’t necessarily mean that your petition will be accepted.
The first step in gaining legal entry for relatives is to fill out USCIS Form I-130. This form is also called the Petition For Alien Relative. On this form, you are the petitioner and your relative is the beneficiary. You need to submit a separate petition for each relative you’re helping to immigrate. If this petition is granted, the next stage is to apply for a visa. The entire process can take a matter of years, so be aware that getting legal entry status for a family member isn’t going to happen overnight.
In part B. of the form, you fill out information about yourself. In part C., you submit information about the relative (beneficiary) you’re helping to immigrate. One of the parts of the application asks for their place of birth (town or city), as well as the state and country.
Because you will also need to submit a certificate of birth for the beneficiary, the place of birth that you list on the form must match that document. For instance, if the place of birth on the birth certificate lists, Mexico City, Mexico, you will need to list that when you fill in the form.
Here’s an example: Your relative (beneficiary) is your husband. His birth certificate says he was born in Mexico City, but his father told him that he was really born in the nearby village of Xico. Do not list Xico as his town of birth. You must list Mexico City as his town of birth so it matches the name listed on the birth certificate. If it doesn’t match the birth certificate, you will have problems in getting your application accepted.
This is true for other parts of the I-130 form, as well. Every line item that you fill out must match any documents that you submit with the application. Also, any documentation must be accompanied by a certified translation if it’s not in English.
To avoid processing problems, make sure that every item has been properly filled in. If you’re not fluent in English, our service can help with translations, as well as printing out your answers clearly and legibly to help avoid lengthy delays in processing your petition.
Always remember to sign your application and include a check or money order for the processing fee, which is $420.
You will receive notice that your form has been received by USCIS, but it will take a matter of months for it to be processed. If your petition for your relative is approved, you will then need to apply for a visa. The visa application is a completely separate process from and is by no means guaranteed to be granted just because the I-130 form was approved.
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