For people who are legal residents of the United States, one of the happiest things they can accomplish is to help their family members immigrate here, too. In order to do this, you will need to submit USCIS Form I-130 Petition for Alien Residents. This form must be approved before you can apply for a visa for your family member and it establishes your relationship to your family member.
In order for you to get the I-130 form approved, you will need to provide a significant amount of information about yourself and the person you’re helping to gain entry. On the form, you are the ‘petitioner’ and your relative is the ‘beneficiary’.
If you need help in filling out the form, our service can provide translations and other help to ensure that the form isn’t delayed due to errors or omissions. Any mistakes can result in long delays in getting your I-130 processed, so it’s worthwhile to get it right the first time through.
The relatives you’re entitled to apply for are your spouse, your children and your parents. You must be a U.S. citizen or a lawful permanent resident to apply for immigration for your family members. You’ll need to submit a separate I-130 form for each family member you’re helping to immigrate. Once the application is approved, you’ll then need to apply for a visa. Be aware that it can take as long as one year (or longer) for your application to move through the screening process, so it’s not going to happen overnight.
On Part C of the form, you’ll be asked for your relative’s (beneficiary’s) address abroad. If your relative is currently living in the U.S., you would leave this item blank, or put N/A. If they’re living in any country other than the U.S. you would need to fill in their address there. For instance, if you’re applying for your wife and she’s living in Cairo, Egypt, you would insert her current address on that line, including her street address.
For most of the information you submit about your relative, you’ll need to have corresponding documentation. This would include birth certificates, marriage records, affidavits and any other papers that establish that you have a valid family relationship with the beneficiary. If you’re applying for your child and you don’t have a birth certificate, you can use church records, school records or sworn statements (affidavits) to show that you’re the legal parent.
Always remember to sign the I-130 form and attach a check or money order for $420 for the application fee. You’ll receive a notice that your form has been received by USCIS. The wait for processing your application can take up to a year or longer. If you receive an approval, you can then move forward with the visa application for your relative.
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