U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals and permanent residents can file Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative, to help a foreign family member gain permanent residence in the United States (green card status).
With the 02/27/17 edition of Form I-130, Form G-325A was replaced by Form I-130A, Supplemental Information for Spouse Beneficiary.
You may download a sample I-130 petition prepared at CitizenPath.com. But preparing your unique petition based on a sample is generally not a good idea.
Class of Admission describes the visa category that was used to admit an immigrant to the U.S. as a permanent resident or conditional permanent resident. Here's how to find it.
In Part 4 (Items 57-58) of Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative, the instructions ask the petitioner to type or...
During the time you are waiting for the Form I-130 approval, your child could reach age 21. The Child Status Protection Act (CSPA) prevents many children from "aging out" of eligibility for permanent residence.
If a son or daughter gets married after you file Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative, on their behalf, the marriage can drastically affect eligibility for permanent residence (green card).
U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents can both petition a child for a green card. The age of the child and type of relationship with the petitioner affect the rules, requirements and eligibility.
CitizenPath has created a sample I-130 cover letter for your reference. Download the template and customize it to your specific situation.
In many cases you may have more information than can fit into the standard space provided on Form I-130. This is especially common for previous address history.
The time it takes to receive approval on Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative, can vary significantly depending on the petitioner/beneficiary relationship.
Also known as an A-Number, your Alien Registration Number is an 8 or 9 digit number that can be found on a variety of documents from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) or the former INS.
Several factors are at play when deciding to file Form I-130 after a visa overstay. While an unlawful status may not affect eligibility for the I-130 petition, it can drastically affect the outcome of an application for permanent residence.