Form I-130A Instructions

Form I-130A Instructions

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What is Form I-130A used for?

  • Form I-130A, officially known as “Supplemental Information for Spouse Beneficiary,” is a supplemental form filed with Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative
  • Form I-130A supplement must be filed only if sponsoring a spouse on Form I-130
  • The purpose of Form I-130A is to provide additional biographical information about the “beneficiary” (spouse)
  • Form I-130A is completed and signed by the spouse being sponsored for a green card
  • It is submitted together with Form I-130 

Who needs to file Form I-130A?

  • Form I-130A needs to be filed only by the spouse being sponsored for lawful permanent resident status in the U.S.
  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident filing Form I-130 is called “Petitioner” 
  • A foreign spouse being sponsored is called “Beneficiary”

Who doesn’t need to file Form I-130A?

The following intending immigrants do not need to file Form I-130A:

  • Parents of US citizens (IR-5)
  • Children of US citizens (IR-2, F1, F3)
  • Siblings of US citizens (F4)
  • Children of permanent residents (F2A, F2B)

Do you file Form I-130 and I-130A together?

Yes, Forms I-130 and Form I-130A are filed together when sponsoring a spouse for lawful permanent resident status in the U.S.:

  • If filing Form I-130 online:
      • U.S. citizen or permanent resident (“Petitioner”) fills out Form I-130 online, signs and submits it electronically
      • The foreign spouse being sponsored (“Beneficiary”) downloads the most recent version of Form I-130A from the USCIS website, fills it out, signs and dates it
      • If the beneficiary is abroad, the scanned copy of a signed and dated Form I-130A can be uploaded to the petitioner’s online I-130 account
  • If filing Form I-130 by mail:
    • U.S. citizen or permanent resident (“Petitioner”) downloads the most recent version of Form I-130 from the USCIS website, fills it out, signs and dates it
    • The foreign spouse being sponsored (“Beneficiary”) downloads the most recent version of Form I-130A from the USCIS website, fills it out, signs and dates it
    • Signed Forms I-130 and I-130A are submitted to USCIS together in one package, along with the filing fee and photocopies of the supporting documents

What is the difference between I-130 and I-130A?

The key differences between the two forms:

  • Form I-130 (Petition for Alien Relative):
      • Form I-130 is the primary petition form used to establish the familial relationship between the petitioner (the U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident spouse) and the beneficiary spouse (the individual seeking immigrant status)
      • The petitioner (sponsor) completes Form I-130 to request that USCIS recognize the beneficiary spouse as a family member eligible for immigrant status
      • Form I-130 requires information about both the petitioner and the beneficiary spouse, including biographical details, relationship information, and supporting documentation to prove the relationship
      • Form I-130 is signed and dated by the petitioner
  • Form I-130A (Supplemental Information for Spouse Beneficiary):
    • Form I-130A is a supplementary form that provides additional biographical information about the beneficiary spouse
    • The beneficiary spouse completes Form I-130A to provide details such as their physical address history, employment history, and parents
    • Form I-130A is signed and dated by the beneficiary

Who signs Form I-130A?

Form I-130A, Supplemental Information for Spouse Beneficiary, is signed by the beneficiary spouse themselves. 

How can the spouse located abroad sign Form I-130A?

When the spouse located abroad needs to sign Form I-130A (Supplemental Information for Spouse Beneficiary), there are several options available to facilitate the signature process:

  • Scanned copy: the beneficiary can provide a scanned copy of the original signed Form I-130A which petitioner then submits with Form I-130
  • Electronic Signature: the spouse abroad may be able to electronically sign and date the form using digital signature software or online signing platforms. The signature must be handwritten (not computer-generated). The signed form can then be emailed back to the petitioner for inclusion in the petition package
  • No signature: if the methods above are unavailable, Form I-130A can be submitted without a signature and date (which is allowed by USCIS)

What happens if Form I-130A was not submitted?

If Form I-130A was not submitted with Form I-130, USCIS will issue a Request for Evidence (“RFE”). 

You will be instructed to provide a completed Form I-130A to USCIS within the specified period indicated in the RFE notice.

How to fill out Form I-130A step-by-step instructions

Let’s start with general Form I-130A instructions:

  • Current edition of form: make sure that you are using the current edition of the Form I-130A. The most current edition is available on the USCIS website
  • USCIS will reject any outdated editions of the form
  • Form I-130A is completed by “Beneficiary” (foreign spouse applying for a green card)
  • Beneficiary signs and dates the form
  • If you need extra space to complete any item on Form I-130A, go to the last page of the form – Part 7. Additional Information. Indicate the Page Number, Part Number, and Item Number to which your answer refers
  • Answer all questions fully and accurately
  • If an item is not applicable or the answer is “none,” type or print “N/A” 
  • Beneficiary must sign the form in ink. Stamped or typed signatures are not accepted

IMPORTANT: The instructions provided below are based on the version of Form I-130A that was current at the time of the article publication. USCIS frequently updates the immigration forms. If you are using a different edition of Form I-130A, you can use the instructions below as general guidelines on providing information about the beneficiary on Form I-130A.

To be completed by an attorney or Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA)-accredited representative: leave it blank if you are not being represented by an attorney or representative.

Part 1. Information About You (Spouse Beneficiary)

Form I-130A gathers personal information about the beneficiary (foreign spouse applying for a green card). Provide only beneficiary’s information on this form.

Question 1. Alien Registration Number (A-Number) (if any): Enter beneficiary’s Alien Registration Number (also known as an “A-Number”, “A#” or “USCIS #”) here, if the beneficiary has one. Most beneficiaries do not have an A-Number. 

A-Numbers are usually assigned when an immigrant petition or application for Adjustment of Status is filed, or if the person has previously been issued an immigrant visa. 

An A-Number is also assigned to individuals placed in removal or deportation proceedings.

Some beneficiaries may have an Employment Authorization Document (EAD) that lists an A-Number that starts with a “1.” This number is not an A-Number. It is an EAD number and need not be listed here

Question 2. USCIS Online Account Number (if any): If the beneficiary has ever created an USCIS Online Account Number, enter it here.

If the beneficiary has previously filed certain applications or petitions on a paper form, they may have received a USCIS Online Account Access Notice issuing a USCIS Online Account Number. 

The USCIS Online Account Number (if any) can be found at the top of the notices for the previously filed petition or application. 

The USCIS Online Account Number is NOT the same as an A-Number.

If you don’t know or don’t have an USCIS online account number, leave this field blank.

Your Full Name

Questions 3.a. – 3.c. Enter the beneficiary’s family name (last name), given name (first name), and middle name (if any). This should be the beneficiary’s full legal name as listed on the birth certificate unless the beneficiary has legally changed their name. If the name was legally changed, submit a copy of the beneficiary’s legal name change documents with Form I-130.

Address History

Note: The Beneficiary must provide the address & employment information on Form I-130A even if this information was already provided in Form I-130.

Physical Address 1 & Physical Address 2, Questions 4.a.-7.b. – Enter the beneficiary’s physical residence addresses for the last 5 years (in the U.S. or outside the U.S.)

 List the beneficiary’s current physical address first. 

Carefully review all addresses and dates of residence listed on Form I-130A to make sure it matches the information provided on future applications.

Failure to provide correct information may result in delays or application being denied.

If the beneficiary needs additional space to provide all addresses for the last 5 years, enter it in Part 7 Additional Information (last page of the form).

Questions 8.a. – 9.b. – Last Physical Address Outside the United States: Provide the address where the beneficiary last resided outside the U.S. for more than 1 year. Enter the dates in the mm/dd/yyyy format when the beneficiary resided at this address. Enter this information even if this address was already listed. The last physical address outside the U.S. must be provided even if the beneficiary resided at that address more than 5 years ago.

Information About Parent 1

If any information about the beneficiary’s parent(s) is unknown, enter “Unknown”.

Full Name of Parent 1

Questions 10.a.-10.c. – Enter the beneficiary’s father’s family name (last name), given name (first name), and middle name (if any). 

Question 11. Date of Birth (mm/dd/yyyy) – Enter the beneficiary’s father’s date of birth in the month/day/year format.

Question 12. Sex – Select “Male”.

Question 13. City/Town/Village of Birth – Enter the beneficiary’s father’s city, town or village of birth according to the father’s birth certificate. 

Question 14. Country of Birth – Enter the beneficiary’s father’s country of birth according to the father’s birth certificate. 

Question 15. City/Town/Village of Residence – Enter the beneficiary’s father’s current city, town, or village of residence. If deceased, enter “Deceased”.

Question 16. Country of Residence – Enter the beneficiary’s father’s country of current residence. If deceased, enter “Deceased”.

Information About Parent 2

Full Name of Parent 2

Questions 17.a.-17.c. – Enter the beneficiary’s mother’s family name (last name), given name (first name), and middle name (if any). 

Question 18. Date of Birth (mm/dd/yyyy) – Enter the beneficiary’s mother’s date of birth in the mm/dd/yyyy format.

Question 19. Sex – Select “Female”.

Question 20. City/Town/Village of Birth – Enter the beneficiary’s mother’s city, town, or village of birth according to the mother’s birth certificate.

Question 21. Country of Birth – Enter the beneficiary’s mother’s country of birth.

Question 22. City/Town/Village of Residence – Enter the beneficiary’s mother’s current city, town, or village of residence. If deceased, enter “Deceased”.

Question 23. Country of Residence – Enter the beneficiary’s mother’s current country of residence. If deceased, enter “Deceased”.

Part 2. Information About Your Employment

Employment History

Employer 1 & Employer 2. Questions 1 – 8.b. – Enter the beneficiary’s employment history for the last 5 years (in the U.S. or outside the U.S.) List the beneficiary’s current employment first. If currently unemployed, enter “Unemployed” in question 1. Name of Employer/Company and enter the date the unemployment began in question 4.a. Date From (mm/dd/yyyy).

Provide the company (employer) name and addresses for each employer, beneficiary’s positions, and the dates of employment for all jobs for the last 5 years. If you need additional space to provide full employment history, enter it in Part 7. Additional Information (last page of the form).

Part 3. Information About Your Employment Outside the United States

Questions 1 – 4.b. – Enter the beneficiary’s last employment abroad if the last employment abroad is not already listed among the beneficiary’s employment within the past five years. Provide the name and address of the beneficiary’s employer abroad, their occupation, and the dates of employment in that position. If the beneficiary’s most recent employment outside the United States is listed in Part 2, enter “See above” here. If the beneficiary has never been employed abroad, enter “N/A” here and provide a further explanation in Part 7 Additional Information.

Part 4. Spouse Beneficiary’s Statement, Contact Information, Certification, and Signature

Question 1.a. – If the beneficiary can comfortably read and understand the application in English, then check the box in Question 1.a.

The beneficiary should carefully review the entire application for accuracy prior to signing.

Question 1.b. – If the beneficiary is not proficient enough in reading English, then a competent interpreter needs to read through the application with the beneficiary for accuracy review prior to signing. The interpreter need not be a professional interpreter but should be someone that is able to properly interpret the application. In such a case, the box in Question 1.b should be checked and the language used to interpret the application to the applicant should be entered (for example, Spanish, French, etc.)

Question 2 – The box for Question 2 should be checked if anyone has prepared the application at the beneficiary’s request. If a preparer was used to prepare the application, Part 6 must be completed too.

Spouse Beneficiary’s Contact Information

Question 3, 4, and 5 – Enter the beneficiary’s daytime telephone number, cell phone number (if any), and email address (if any). 

Keep in mind that the beneficiary’s email address provided on the application will be used to send email(s) from the National Visa Center (NVC) and U.S. Embassy or Consulate (if the beneficiary is located outside the US and will be applying for an immigrant visa abroad).

Spouse Beneficiary’s Certification

Spouse Beneficiary’s Signature

Question 6.a. Spouse Beneficiary’s Signature (sign in ink) – the beneficiary signs the form here. It must be an ink signature. USCIS does not accept stamped or typed signatures.

Question 6.b. – The beneficiary enters the date in mm/dd/yyyy format.

Part 5. Interpreter’s Contact Information, Certification, and Signature

If an interpreter was used to read the application to the beneficiary in their native language, then Part 5 must be completed with the information about the interpreter. 

The interpreter must sign and date to certify that they are:

  • Fluent in English and the language the beneficiary used; 
  • They have completely read the application to the beneficiary in that language;
  • The beneficiary confirmed to understand the contents of the application; and 
  • The beneficiary verified the accuracy of the application

Part 5 is completed by entering the full legal name of the interpreter, the interpreter’s mailing address, daytime phone number, cell phone number (if any), email address (if any), and the language used to interpret the application to the beneficiary. The interpreter must then sign and date the application where indicated at Questions 7.a. and 7.b.

Part 6. Contact Information, Declaration, and Signature of the Person Preparing this Form, if Other Than the Spouse Beneficiary

Part 6 is completed by entering the preparer’s full name, organization name (if applicable), mailing address, daytime telephone number, fax number (if any), and email address (if any). 

The box at Question 7.b should be checked if an attorney has prepared the application.

The preparer must sign and date the application where indicated as Questions 8.a. and 8.b. attesting to certifications about the preparation and accuracy of the application.

Part 7. Additional Information

This section can be used if there is not enough space in any other parts of the form to provide all requested information. 

IMPORTANT! Even if no information is provided in Part 7, this page should still must be included with the application when submitted to USCIS. 

If you need additional space, make copies of this page to use to provide all requested information. 

If you are using Part 7 to provide additional information, enter:

  • Beneficiary’s name 
  • Beneficiary’s Alien Registration Number (A-Number) (if any)
  • Indicate the Page Number, Part Number, and Item Number to which the answer refers

Form I-130A checklist of documents

You don’t need to submit any documents with Form I-130A. 

However, supporting documents must be submitted with Form I-130: Form I-130 Checklist of Required Documents

Form I-130A filing fee

There is no filing fee to submit Form I-130A. However, a filing fee is required for Form I-130.

How long does it take for an I-130A to be approved?

Form I-130A is reviewed together with Form I-130. 

The average processing time of Form I-130 petitions filed for spouses is approximately 12-13 months.

Related Links:

Form I-130A, Supplemental Information for Spouse Beneficiary

Form I-130 Instructions