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CitizenPath is a private company. We are not a part of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) or any other government agency. Your access to and use of this site is subject to additional Terms of Use.

CitizenPath’s self-directed immigration software helps you correctly navigate the immigration process. The service makes the process easy and helps you identify potential problems before you pay. Our I-130 Visa Petition Package costs $97 and includes:

  • Access to Attorney-Reviewed Software – designed to make the process easy and identify problems
  • Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative – official USCIS form will be prepared and ready to sign
  • Form I-130A, Supplemental Information for Spouse Beneficiary (if beneficiary is a spouse)
  • Form G-1145 – official USCIS form will be prepared (no signature)
  • Filing Instructions – detailed instructions customized to your answers in the petition to include:
    • Specific directions on supporting documents that must be submitted with the petition
    • Recommendation for organizing your petition package
    • Mailing address for your petition package
  • Access to customer support
  • Access to support articles, sample cover letters and affidavits
  • Money-back guarantee your petition will be approved
Upon completion, you have responsibilities:
  • You must mail your signed form directly to USCIS and
  • You must pay any USCIS fees related to this form.
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First, let’s determine your eligibility to file Form I-130.

The person who files Form I-130 is a U.S. citizen or permanent resident who petitions on behalf of the relative.

This petition may only be prepared by a U.S. citizen, U.S. National or lawful permanent resident (green card holder).
  • Sorry. Based on your answer, you cannot continue. You must be a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident to file Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative.

A U.S. citizen may petition a spouse, parent, sibling or child.  Eligible Relatives >>

A lawful permanent resident may only petition for a spouse or unmarried son or daughter.  Eligible Relatives >>
  • Good news! Because you are petitioning a spouse, you must also submit a prepared Form I-130A with the Form I-130. We will generate a prepared Form I-130A for you. There is no extra fee. 

Answer "Yes" only if your relative is physically present in the U.S. right now.

Exclusion, deportation, removal, and rescission proceedings are similar terms to describe immigration proceedings.  Explain more >>
  • Although you may be eligible to file Form I-130, your situation is complex. Therefore, we recommend that you consult with an experienced immigration attorney instead of using our service.

Certain criminal offenses can make your relative inadmissible as a permanent resident.  Explain more >>
  • Your answer to this question suggests that your relative has a history which may require the assistance of a legal professional. Although you may still be eligible to file this petition, we prefer that you first speak to an immigration attorney that can provide you with additional guidance.

  • Although you may be eligible to file Form I-130, your situation is complex. Therefore, we recommend that you consult with an experienced immigration attorney instead of using our service.

You must be age 21 or older to file the I-130 petition for a sibling or parent.
  • Sorry. Based on your answer, you cannot continue. You must be at least 21 years of age to file Form I-130 for a brother, sister or parent.

  • Based on your answer above, it's important that you read Petitioning for a Spouse. This message is for your information. You may proceed.


  • Although you may be eligible to file Form I-130, your situation is complex. Therefore, we recommend that you consult with an experienced immigration attorney instead of using our service.

Has your spouse ever been accused of marriage fraud?
  • Although you may be eligible to file Form I-130, your situation is complex. Therefore, we recommend that you consult with an experienced immigration attorney instead of using our service.

Both spouses must have been present at the marriage ceremony.

A marriage has been consummated once the couple has had sexual intercourse.
  • Sorry. Based on your answer, you cannot continue. You may not petition a spouse if you and your spouse were not both physically present at your marriage ceremony, and the marriage was not consummated.

  • Sorry. Based on your answer, you cannot continue. You may not petition a natural parent if you gained your permanent residence through adoption.


  • Sorry. Based on your answer, you cannot continue. You may not petition a stepparent or stepchild, if the marriage that created the relationship took place after the child's 18th birthday.
  • Although you may be eligible to file Form I-130, your situation is complex. Therefore, we recommend that you consult with an experienced immigration attorney instead of using our service.

  • Although you may be eligible to file Form I-130, your situation is complex. Therefore, we recommend that you consult with an experienced immigration attorney instead of using our service.


  • Sorry. Based on your answer, you cannot continue. You may not petition a stepparent or stepchild, if the marriage that created the relationship took place after the child's 18th birthday.




  • Sorry. Based on your answer, you cannot continue. You may not petition a stepparent or stepchild, if the marriage that created the relationship took place after the child's 18th birthday.
  • Although you may be eligible to file Form I-130, your situation is complex. Therefore, we recommend that you consult with an experienced immigration attorney instead of using our service.


  • That's good! Please be advised that there is no visa category for married children of permanent residents. If your unmarried son or daughter marries before you become a U.S. citizen, any petition filed for that son or daughter will be automatically revoked. This message is for your information. You may proceed.
  • Congratulations, you're likely eligible to prepare a Form I-130 petition for your relative.
    Please click on "Next Page" below to continue your petition.
  • Because your relative is an immediate relative who is physically present in the United States, he or she may prefer to adjust status to permanent resident. If your relative wants to adjust status, we recommend that you stop here. Instead, prepare our Adjustment of Status Application. Our Adjustment of Status Application includes Form I-485 (Application to Adjust Status), Form I-130 and Form I-130A (if a spouse). If your relative will return to his/her country of origin for consular processing, please continue.
  •  Go to Adjustment of Status Application
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To start, let’s get some information about you, the petitioner.

The petitioner is the U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident that will file Form I-130 on behalf of the alien relative (beneficiary).
Petitioner's Full Name
Provide your full legal name. Spell out middle names completely. If you do not have a middle name, you may leave this field blank.
 

Have you ever used a maiden name, alias or nickname?
Other Name
Provide any other names that you have ever used, including maiden names, names from a previous marriage, aliases or nicknames.
 
  • This USCIS form only provides space for 1 other name. You will need to list the additional information on a separate sheet and attach it to your petition. Keep this box checked and we'll show you how in your filing instructions.
Biographic Information

If you are Hispanic or Latino you are still required to select a race below.  Explain more >>

Select all applicable boxes that describe your race.  Explain more >>
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Select the box that best describes the natural color of your eyes.

Select the box that best describes the natural color of your hair.
Petitioner's Contact Information
Would you like to receive a text message and/or email when USCIS accepts your petition? We will provide you complimentary Form G-1145 to make this request. Include your mobile phone number and/or email below for the USCIS notification.
 
Birth Information
 
  • You entered an invalid date. Please enter a valid date in the past.

Enter the town, city or village where you were born.
Select the country where you were born.
  • We found a problem. Based on your answer, you cannot continue. You indicated on the first page that you are (or once were) a permanent resident. This answer is not consistent. Please make a change to one of these answers. 

Immigration Status

Indicate how you became a U.S. citizen.  Explain more >>
  • We found a problem. Based on your answer, you cannot continue. You indicated previously that you were born in the United States. Your answer above is not consistent. If you were born in the United States, please change your answer to "Birth in the U.S."
  • We found a problem. Based on your answer, you cannot continue. You indicated previously that you were not born in the United States. Your answer above is not consistent. If you were born outside of the United States, do not select "Birth in the U.S."


Certificate of Naturalization

Provide these details from your Certificate of Naturalization:  How to find this >> 

Certificate of Citizenship

Provide these details from your Certificate of Citizenship:  How to find this >> 
The certificate number is generally a red 6- to 8-digit alpha numeric number. If you cannot locate your certificate, enter "Unknown."
Enter the City, State where the document was issued to you.
  • You entered an invalid date. Please enter a valid date in the past.
Class of Admission
Class of Admission describes the immigrant category that was used to admit you to the U.S. as a permanent resident or conditional permanent resident. You can find the code on the front side of your Permanent Resident Card under “Category.” - see example on the right. If you do not know or cannot find your class of admission, you may select "Unknown."
Date of Admission
Date of Admission describes the date you were granted lawful permanent resident status or conditional permanent resident status. It is not necessarily the date you entered the country. You can find it on the front side of your Permanent Resident Card next to “Resident Since” - see example on the right.
  • You entered an invalid date. Please enter a valid date in the past.
Place of Admission
Enter the City and State where you were granted admission. If you are unsure, "Unknown" is an acceptable answer.How to find this >>
 

A-
 
An "A-Number" is an 8- or 9-digit number that can be found on your green card. If you do not have one, leave this space empty.  How to find this >>

Enter only a valid number issued by the Social Security Administration. If you do not have an SSN, leave this space empty.  How to find this >>

If you have a USCIS Online Account Number, enter it here. If you do not have one or are not sure, leave it blank.  How to find this >>
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Tell us about your family.

Not all fields on this form are mandatory. But it is important that you prepare this form as thoroughly as possible. This page covers the petitioner's parent(s) and marriages (if applicable).
Information About Parent 1
Enter information about your parent. Your parent may be biological, fully adopted or a step parent. If you do not know the answer to a question, "Unknown" is an acceptable answer.
  • You entered an invalid date. Please enter a valid date in the past.
Choose the country where your parent was born.
Space is limited. It may be necessary for you to abbreviate the country name.
Enter the city where this parent currently lives.
Select the country where this parent currently lives.
Information About Parent 2
Enter information about your parent. Your parent may be biological, fully adopted or a step parent. If you do not know the answer to question, "Unknown" is an acceptable answer. 
  • You entered an invalid date. Please enter a valid date in the past.
Select the country where your parent was born.
Enter the city where this parent currently lives.
Select the country where this parent currently lives.
Petitioner's Marital Information

  • We found a problem. Based on your answer, you cannot continue. On the first page of this petition, you indicated that you gained your permanent resident status through marriage. However, now you've indicated that you have never been married. Please change one of your answers.


Information About Your Current Marriage
Enter your spouse's current legal name and details about the marriage. If your spouse's name changed through marriage, enter the new name here.  Explain more >>
Current Spouse
Marriage Details
  • You entered an invalid date. Please enter a valid date in the past.
Information About Your Prior Marriage #1
Enter the date this marriage ended by divorce, annulment, separation or death.
  • You entered an invalid date. Please enter a valid date in the past.
Information About Your Prior Marriage #2
Enter the date this marriage ended by divorce, annulment, separation or death.
  • You entered an invalid date. Please enter a valid date in the past.
  • This USCIS form only provides space for information about 2 marriages. You will need to list the additional information on a separate sheet and attach it to your petition. Leave this message checked, and we'll show you how in your filing instructions. 
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Let's get some details about your address history.

Petitioner's Mailing Address
You may list a valid residence, APO, or commercial address. This may be a Post Office address (P.O. Box) if that is how you receive your mail. If your mail will be sent to someone other than yourself, please include an “In Care of Name” as a part of your mailing address. If your mailing address is a U.S. territory and it contains an urbanization name, list the urbanization name in the "In Care of Name" box.
 
  • We found a problem. A permanent resident may have abandoned his or her permanent resident status if he or she ever remained outside the U.S. for an extended period of time or ever had any intention of living there permanently. CitizenPath recommends that you consult with an immigration attorney before filing this petition.


  • You entered an invalid date. Please enter a valid date in the past.
Petitioner's Physical Address Information
Enter your place(s) of residence for the last five years. Enter the physical address where you lived prior to the above address.
Enter your place(s) of residence for the last five years. Enter your current address first. If you lived at more than one address over the past five years, click "Add another address" to add another.

Petitioner's Physical Address 1

  • You entered an invalid date. Please enter a valid date in the past.

  • We found a problem. A permanent resident may have abandoned his or her permanent resident status if he or she ever remained outside the U.S. for an extended period of time or ever had any intention of living there permanently. CitizenPath recommends that you consult with an immigration attorney before filing this petition.

Petitioner's Physical Address 2

  • You entered an invalid date. Please enter a valid date in the past.

  • We found a problem. A permanent resident may have abandoned his or her permanent resident status if he or she ever remained outside the U.S. for an extended period of time or ever had any intention of living there permanently. CitizenPath recommends that you consult with an immigration attorney before filing this petition.
  • This USCIS form only provides space for 2 addresses. You will need to list the additional information on a separate sheet and attach it to your petition. Keep this box checked and we'll show you how in your filing instructions.  
  • You have provided an unknown duration of address history.
  • Important: Before proceeding, please review this page to confirm that you have listed at least five years of address history. If you have added as many address as possible, the filing instructions that we provide you will explain how to add additional addresses.

Last Address with Your Spouse

Enter the date you began living with your spouse at the current address.

List the most recent address that you physically lived together with your spouse.

  • You entered an invalid date. Please enter a valid date in the past.
  • You entered an invalid date. Please enter a valid date in the past.
  • You lived at this foreign address for an unknown duration.

  • We found a problem. A permanent resident may have abandoned his or her permanent resident status if he or she ever remained outside the U.S. for an extended period of time or ever had any intention of living there permanently. CitizenPath recommends that you consult with an immigration attorney before filing this petition.
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Next, we need information about where you have worked over the last 5 years.

Petitioner's Employment Information
Provide your employment information for the last five years. You must list ALL employment on this form, even if it was outside the United States. Enter your present (or most recent) employer first.

Enter the job title or job role.
  • You entered an invalid date. Please enter a valid date in the past.
Previous Period of Employment/Unemployment

Enter the job title or job role.
  • You entered an invalid date. Please enter a valid date in the past.
  • You entered an invalid date. Please enter a valid date in the past.
  • This USCIS form only provides space for 2 employers. You will need to list the additional information on a separate sheet and attach it to your petition. Keep this box checked and we'll show you how in your filing instructions. 
  • You have provided an unknown duration of employment history.
  • Important: Before proceeding, please review this page to confirm that you have listed at least five years of employment history.
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Next, we'll get some information about the beneficiary. 

The beneficiary is the relative that you want to help become a permanent resident (green card holder).       
Your Relative's Name
Provide your relative's current legal name. Spell out middle names completely. If your relative does not have a middle name, you may leave this field blank.
  • In the space below, you may list your spouse's new married name if it was legally changed as a result of the marriage.

 
You have already provided your spouse's name as First Middle Last.

List any other names used by your relative (including names by previous marriages.)
Other Name (s)
Provide any other names that your relative has ever used, including maiden names, names from a previous marriage, aliases or nicknames.
  • This USCIS form only provides space for 1 other name. You will need to list the additional information on a separate sheet and attach it to your petition. Keep this box checked and we'll show you how in your filing instructions.
Your Relative's Contact Information
 
Your Relative's Birth Information
 
  • You entered an invalid date. Please enter a valid date in the past.
Enter the town, city or village where your relative was born.
Select the country where your relative was born. If you cannot find the country, select "Other."

Your Relative's Immigration History

Select "Unknown" only if you do not know, and your relative also does not know, if anyone else has ever filed a petition for your relative.


Generally, your relative needs to have unexpired documentation that grants him/her permission to be in the U.S.  Explain more >>
  • Although you may be eligible to file Form I-130, your situation is complex. Therefore, we recommend that you consult with an experienced immigration attorney instead of using our service.

  • Your answer to this question suggests that your relative has a history which may require the assistance of a legal professional. Although you may still be eligible to file this petition, we prefer that you first speak to an immigration attorney that can provide you with additional guidance.

  • We found a problem. Based on your answer, you cannot continue. You indicated above that your relative has never been in the U.S. and you also answered that your relative is currently in the U.S. Please change one of the answers.
Your Relative's Current U.S. Trip
Please provide information regarding your relative's current trip to the United States.

Your relative must have been legally admitted or paroled into the U.S. to adjust status.  Explain more >>
  • Although you may be eligible to file Form I-130, your situation is complex. Therefore, we recommend that you consult with an experienced immigration attorney instead of using our service.

I-94 Arrival/Departure Record

If your relative entered the U.S. lawfully, he/she will probably have an I-94 Arrival/Departure Record. The information to answer the next few questions can be found in your relative's I-94 record.

Enter the I-94 number from your relative's Arrival/Departure Record (I-94).

  • The immigration status that you have selected may be a problem if your relative plans to adjust status. If your relative plans to file Form I-485 (apply for a green card while in the United States), we recommend that your relative speak to an immigration attorney beforehand. However, the immigration status selected is not expected to interfere with this petition. You may proceed.
  • You entered an invalid date. Please enter a valid date in the past.
Enter the date through which your relative is authorized to stay.
  • Important Notice: It appears that your relative has overstayed his/her visa. You may proceed. A visa overstay does not prevent an immediate relative from obtaining permanent residence through adjustment of status. However, you and your relative need to educate yourselves on the risks associated with an unlawful presence and how to adjust status as soon as possible. Please read the filing instructions provided by CitizenPath at the end of this process for more information.
  • You've entered a date in the past. This means that your relative's visa is expired, and your relative's ability to get a green card could be at risk. Although your relative may still be eligible for an immigrant visa, we recommend that you consult with an experienced immigration attorney before continuing.
Passport/Travel Document
Enter your passport (or travel document) details below even if the document is currently expired.  

Select the country where your relative's document was issued. If you cannot find the country, select "Other."
Other Information

A-
 
Enter only a valid A-Number. If your relative does not have an A-Number, you may leave this field empty.  How to find this >>

Enter only a valid number issued by the Social Security Administration. If your relative was not issued a valid Social Security Number, leave this field empty.  How to find this >>

If your relative has a USCIS Online Account Number, enter it here. If he/she does not have one or is not sure if an account has been created, leave this field empty.  How to find this >>
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Tell us about your relative's address history. 

      
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Tell us about your relative's address history. 

You'll need to provide your relative's addresses for the last five years, whether inside or outside the United States.       
Your Relative's Current Address
List the current physical address where your relative is living. If your relative lives outside the United States in a home without a street number or name, you may leave these spaces blank.
 
  • We found a problem. Based on your answer, you cannot continue. You indicated previously that your relative is not presently in the United States. The address above is in the United States. Please change one of your answers.
  • You entered an invalid date. Please enter a valid date in the past.

Your Relative's Address #2
  • You entered an invalid date. Please enter a valid date in the past.
  • This USCIS form only provides space for 2 addresses. You will need to list the additional information on a separate sheet and attach it to your petition. Keep this box checked and we'll show you how in your filing instructions.  
  • You have provided an unknown duration of address history for your relative.
  • Important: Before proceeding, please review this page to confirm that you have listed at least five years of address history for your relative.
Your Relative's Address Abroad
Provide your relative's most recent address outside the United States, even if you've listed that address above. If your relative lives in a home without a street number or name, you may leave these spaces blank.


  • You entered an invalid date. Please enter a valid date in the past.
  • You entered an invalid date. Please enter a valid date in the past.
Your Relative's Address Abroad of More Than One Year
Provide your relative's last address outside the United States of more than one year.