A Form I-130 is a Petition for Alien Relative filed with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”). The Form I-130 can be filed by either a U.S. Citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident (“Permanent Resident”) with a valid family relationship. It is the first step in helping relatives immigrate to the United States.

U.S. Citizens over the age of 21 can file a Form I-130 for the following relatives:

  1. Spouse
  2. Parents
  3. Children
  4. Brothers and Sisters

A Permanent Resident over the age of 21 can file a Form I-130 for the following foreign relatives:

  1. Spouse
  2. Unmarried Children

How Much Does a Form I-130 Petition Cost?

When the U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident files a Form I-130, they must include a $535 filing fee which is payable to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Depending on the category that the relative falls under, one filing fee may be sufficient to include multiple family members while in other categories, a separate Form I-130 and separate filing fee is required for each relative.

In addition to the signed form and accompanying filing fees, supplemental documentation is also required. This includes passport size photos of the petitioner and family members, a copy of the U.S. Passport or Green Card of the petitioner, and other documentation needed to establish a family relationship.

Where Can I get a Form I-130 Petition?

The form can be downloaded online at https://www.uscis.gov/i-130.

Where Do I Submit My Form I-130 Petition?

A petition can either be submitted online or mailed to one of three USCIS lockbox facilities in either Arizona, Texas, or Illinois. Submitting through a lockbox facility also depends on whether the file is being sent via courier such as FedEx as well as whether the petitioner is filing a stand-alone Form I-130, residing outside the U.S. or filing a Form I-130 jointly with an I-485 Application to Adjust Status while in the United States.

When is the Best Time to Submit a Form I-130 Petition?

A petition can be submitted at any time during the year. The sooner a Form I-130 is filed with USCIS, the quicker it will be processed based on the priority date.

Who Submits the Form I-130 Petition to the USCIS?

The U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident files the Form I-130 Petition.

How Long Does a Form I-130 Petition Take to Process?

Petitions are processed on a first-come, first-served basis. In general, a petition can be processed in as little as a few months or take up to one year. A Form I-130 submitted with errors can result in delays and possibly a rejection. Please contact us directly to arrange a consultation to ensure your petition is complete to improve your chances for a quick and successful filing.

For more information on filing a Form I-130, contact us today at info@enterimmi.com and speak with a U.S. immigration attorney in Ho Chi Minh City, Manila and Taipei.

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