You are not required to use a cover letter when filing Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative. However, an I-130 cover letter can be helpful if you have unusual circumstances or need to clarify the details of your petition.
Always keep your cover letter short and simple. Be concise when explaining the purpose of the letter.
Sample I-130 Cover Letter
CitizenPath offers two different sample I-130 cover letters. There is an example for spouse-based I-130 petitions and another example for all other types of petitions. Select the one that most closely matches your need and modify it for your use.
Sample Cover Letters for Form I-130
Use these sample cover letters for Form I-130 as a guide. Do not submit any of these letters without updating them to fit your specific situation. What’s more, these sample cover letters are comprehensive checklists for supporting documents. Use your filing instructions to confirm that you’ve included the correct supporting documentation with Form I-130. It’s not mandatory to submit a cover letter when you file Form I-130, but a cover letter can help to clarify the purpose of the petition and why your petition may require special attention.
Where to Address Your Cover Letter for Form I-130
You may write your letter using the same address where you filed the I-130 petition. Refer to USCIS page for I-130. Or, if you used CitizenPath’s I-130 preparation service, refer to the custom filing instructions that we provided to you.