How much does the I-130 petition cost?
The filing fee for Form I-130 is $535. The filing fee for this petition cannot be waived. NOTE: The filing fee is not refundable, regardless of any action USCIS takes on this petition.
How long does the I-130 petition process take?
After filing Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative, the approval process can take anywhere from 5 to 12 months for immediate relatives and could take several years for family preference categories.
What are the requirements for I-130?
The required supporting documents for an I-130 petition typically include:
- Proof that the sponsor is a U.S. citizen or green card holder.
- Proof that a legally valid relationship exists.
- Proof that the relationship is not fraudulent.
- Proof of name changes for the sponsor and/or the person seeking a green card, if any.
What age can a U.S. citizen filed for parents?
21 years or older
A U.S. citizen who is at least 21 years or older may also petition for the following relatives: Parents; • Brothers or sisters. When you submit your petition, you are required to provide evidence to prove your relationship to the person for whom you are filing. What does the petition do for my relative?
How can I prepare I-130?
I-130 Checklist of Items to Submit with Spousal Petition
- USCIS Filing Fee.
- Cover letter (optional)
- Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative.
- Form I-130A, Supplemental Information for Spouse Beneficiary.
- Proof of status.
- Marriage certificate.
- Proof of previous marriages terminated.
- Passport photos.
Who is the petitioner I 130?
The “petitioner” is the person who is filing the petition on behalf of another family member. Only U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents can file an I-130 petition on behalf of certain family members.
Who can file I 130?
U.S. citizens can file I-130 petitions for their spouses, children, parents, and siblings. Current green card holders can file I-130 petitions for their spouses and unmarried children. The U.S. citizen or green card holder who files the I-130 petition is officially called the “petitioner” or “sponsor.”
What is I 130 petition?
The I-130 is a petition to help a relative apply for a green card, and does not give the right to work. The good news is that it’s the first step towards gaining permanent residency and the right to work in the United States, and that further down the process, your relative may be able to submit Form I-765 and apply for an Employment Authorization Document (EAD ).
The processing time for your I-130 petition will depend on the family relationship and the USCIS field office that receives your form. For immediate relatives (spouse, parent, or child) of a U.S. green card holder (legal permanent resident), processing times for Form I-130 currently vary between 13.5 and 19 months.