One of the perks of being a legal resident of the United States is to be able to help your relatives immigrate to this country, too. The relatives you can sponsor include your spouse (husband or wife), your children or your parents. If you’re a U.S. citizen, you can also help your brothers and sisters immigrate.
The first step in the process is to complete and send in the USCIS Form I-130. This form is also known as the Petition for Alien Relative. The form is a way for you to establish that you have a valid familial relationship with the beneficiary (relative you’re applying for) so that you can then apply for a visa for them. You are referred to as the petitioner in this form and you are the one sponsoring your relative.
You’ll be required to submit information about your relative in Part C of the petition. They’ll ask for your relative’s name, address and birthday on this part of the form. You’ll also be asked to fill out your relative’s social security number. A social security number is an identification number issued by the U.S. government to citizens, permanent residents and temporary foreign workers. If your relative has never been to the United States then they don’t have a social security number, so you would enter N/A (not applicable) on this line. If your relative does have a social security number, this line is where you would enter it. If they have lost their social security card and don’t know their number, you can get this information from the Social Security Agency.
For most of the information you’re going to fill out on the I-130 form, you will need backup documents such as birth certificates, marriage certificates and other official records. Since many countries don’t provide formal documentation of things like births and marriages, you can obtain other types of paperwork instead, such as church records or sworn statements from individuals. Documents that are written in foreign languages must be accompanied by translations that are authenticated. In short, any paperwork that helps to support your relationship to the beneficiary should be included with your I-130 petition to give you a better chance of being approved.
If you need assistance in completing this petition, our service can help you to get it filled out and submitted properly. We can translate the form into certain languages and print your answers onto the form to ensure legibility as well as to check for errors and omissions. Since obtaining an approval on the I-130 is necessary to obtain a visa for your family member, anything you can do to expedite the process is important.
The USCIS will notify you when they receive your petition. It can take up to a year for your petition to be reviewed, at which time, you’ll receive official notification as to whether it’s been approved or denied. If it’s approved, you’ll then be allowed to submit an application for a visa for your family member.
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