How to Fill Out Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative (Step-By-Step Instructions)

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Last updated: April 12, 2024.

  • Form I-130, known as “Petition for Alien Relative” is a U.S. immigration form
  • Form I-130 is filed to establish a relationship between a U.S. citizen or  green card holder (“Petitioner”), and the foreign relative applying for a green card (“Beneficiary”)
  • Form I-130 is filed with USCIS
  • Form I-130 is typically the first step of applying for a green card 
  • Immediate relatives of US citizens who are physically present in the U.S. can file Form I-130 concurrently (at the same time) as Form I-485
  • You can find more details about Form I-130 eligibility, processing time and other important rules in our guide

It’s crucial to correctly prepare and file the Form I-130 and the supporting documents.

Avoid rejection or denial of your petition by following our detailed line-by-line Form I-130 instructions.

The Petition for Alien Relative is a 12-paged USCIS form that has 9 sections:

  • Part 1: Relationship (You, the U.S. citizen or the green card holder sponsor are the Petitioner. Your family member being sponsored is the Beneficiary)
  • Part 2:  Information About You (Petitioner) – this part collects information about the U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Part 3: Biographic Information (Petitioner) – this part collects information about the U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Part 4: Information About Beneficiary (family member seeking the green card) – this part collects information about the foreign family member applying for permanent residency
  • Part 5: Other information – this parts collects information about other Form I-130s being filed now or were filed in the past 
  • Part 6: Petitioner’s Statement, Contact Information, Declaration, and Signature
  • Part 7: Interpreter’s Contact Information, Certification, and Signature
  • Part 8: Contact Information, Declaration, and Signature of the Person Preparing this Affidavit, if Other Than the Petitioner
  • Part 9: Additional Information – if you need additional space to answer questions on the form, you can provide it in this section

Can I Submit Form I-130 Online?

USCIS allows the petitioners to file the Form I-130 online.

Online filing allows you to submit forms electronically via your online USCIS account and receive notices electronically too. 

USCIS will send hard copy notices by mail as well.

To file Form I-130 online petitioners must create a free USCIS online account at myaccount.uscis.dhs.gov

Form I-130 filing fee will be paid online too.

Online USCIS account allows a petitioner to:

  • File eligible forms online,
  • Pay fees online,
  • Track the case status online,
  • Respond to RFEs (Request for Evidence) via uploading evidence to your account
  • Upload notices electronically

If you prefer submitting a hard copy Form I-130, it can be sent to USCIS by mail.

What Documents Do You Need To File Form I-130?

The Petitioner must file the Form I-130 with all the required supporting documents, to establish the relationship with the Beneficiary.

You submit only photocopies of the original documents with Form I-130. 

You might be requested by USCIS to present the original documents during the interview (if applicable).

To submit Form I-130, Petitioner must pay the government fee.

You can find the checklist of all Form I-130 required documents here.

How Long Does It Take To Approve Form I-130?

The processing time for your I-130 petition and the approval depends on a number of factors. 

Each case has its own unique processing time, so it’s difficult to predict how long it will take to receive a decision from USCIS.

The most common factors:

  • Beneficiary’s immigration category (“Immediate relatives” vs. Family preference“)
  • The processing time of the USCIS field office and the USCIS officer that receives your application
  • Location of the petitioner and beneficiary (in the U.S. or abroad).

It is also important to know that USCIS reviews applications on a first-come first-serve basis. 

It is important to file your Form I-130 as soon as possible.

You can find the average USCIS processing times here.

What is a “Class of Admission” on Form I-130?

Class of Admission is a 3-character code, typically one or two letters followed by a number.

It is a designation of nonimmigrant and immigrant categories.

This code describes the visa category that was used to admit the beneficiary into the U.S. as a permanent resident or as a non-immigrant.

Your Class of Admission can be found on your Form I-94, Arrival/Departure Record and your green card (permanent resident or conditional resident).

It is located under the “Category” section on the front side of your green card. It can also  be located on the backside of older green cards.

Where to Send Forms I-130 and I-485?

The location of filing the Form I-130 depends on where you physically reside. 

The latest filing locations for a Form I-130 can be found on the USCIS website here.

IMPORTANT: Form I-130 applications that mailed to incorrect USCIS addresses may experience processing delays.

If:

Mailing Address:

You are only filing Form I-130, and you live in:

Alaska
American Samoa
Arizona
California
Colorado
Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands
Florida
Guam
Hawaii
Idaho
Kansas
Montana
Nebraska
Nevada
New Mexico
North Dakota
Oklahoma
Oregon
Puerto Rico
South Dakota
Texas
Utah
U.S. Virgin Islands
Washington
Wyoming

USCIS Phoenix Lockbox

U.S. Postal Service (USPS) deliveries:

USCIS
Attn: I-130
P.O. Box 21700
Phoenix, AZ 85036-1700

FedEx, UPS, and DHL deliveries:

USCIS
Attn: I-130 (Box 21700)
2108 E. Elliot Rd.
Tempe, AZ 85284-1806

You are only filing Form I-130, and you live in:

Alabama
Arkansas
Armed Forces Americas
Armed Forces Europe
Armed Forces Pacific
Connecticut
Delaware
Georgia
Illinois
Indiana
Iowa
Kentucky
Louisiana
Maine
Marshall Islands
Maryland
Massachusetts
Michigan
Micronesia
Minnesota
Mississippi
Missouri
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New York
North Carolina
Ohio
Palau
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island
South Carolina
Tennessee
Vermont
Virginia
Washington, D.C.
West Virginia
Wisconsin

USCIS Elgin Lockbox

U.S. Postal Service (USPS): 

USCIS
Attn: I-130
P.O. Box 4053
Carol Stream, IL  60197-4053

FedEx, UPS, and DHL deliveries: 

USCIS
Attn: I-130 (Box 4053)
2500 Westfield Drive
Elgin, IL 60124-7836

You are only filing Form I-130, and you live outside the United States

 

USCIS Elgin Lockbox

U.S. Postal Service (USPS): 

USCIS
Attn: I-130
P.O. Box 4053
Carol Stream, IL  60197-4053

FedEx, UPS, and DHL deliveries: 

USCIS
Attn: I-130 (Box 4053)
2500 Westfield Drive
Elgin, IL 60124-7836

You are filing Form I-130 with Form I-485 and you live in:

Any state

Go to USCIS Lockbox Filing Locations Chart for Certain Family-Based Forms page for the filing address based on where you live.

You can file Form I-130 online even if your relative is in the United States and will file their Form I-485 by mail. Once you submit your Form I-130 online, we will send a receipt notice to your USCIS online account. Provide a copy of the receipt notice to your relative to include in their Form I-485 packet.

How to Write a Check for Form I-130

If you are paying Form I-130 filing fee by check see the instructions below:

  • Anyone can pay the fee – petitioner or beneficiary
  • A check can be drawn on only banks or other financial institutions located in the United States
  • The check must payable to “U.S. Department of Homeland Security”. Do not use the initials like “USDHS” or “DHS”
  • The date should be in accordance with the U.S. style of month/day/year. 
  • Use numerals to represent the exact amount of the fee
  • Sign your personal check
  • Memo is “Form I-130 fee”

How Much Does it Cost to File Form I-130?

Form I-130 filing fee:

  • If filing online: $625
  • If filing by mail: $675

 Government fees are subject to change.

Double check the latest Form I-130 fees on the official USCIS website.

Expect to pay additional costs, such as legal fees, mailing fee, translation fees, etc. 

The costs associated with filing an I-130 petition depend on the number of relatives you want to sponsor and their location (in the U.S. or abroad). 

For sponsoring more than one family member, separate I-130 petitions must be filed, along with corresponding filing fees, for each of them.

How to Fill Form I-130 for Parents 

Only U.S. citizens can file Form I-130 to sponsor their parents for permanent residence. 

A U.S. citizen must be at least 21 years old to file Form I-130 for a parent.

Lawful permanent residents are not eligible to sponsor parents.

A separate Form I-130 must be filed for each parent.

If mailing hard copy Form I-130, USCIS will reject any expired forms. 

The latest edition of Form I-130 can be downloaded here

  • You can fill the form on a computer or an electronic device so that you can make changes to your form later, if required
  • The form must have an original ink signature, in black
  • Sign the form
  • If a question does not apply to you, type or print “N/A”
  • Submit only legible photocopies of documents requested

Part 1: Relationship (You are the Petitioner. Your relative is the Beneficiary)

  • Item 1: Please check the ‘Parent’ box (you can check only one box)
  • Item 2: Select the most relevant option (you can check only one box)
  • Item 3: Leave it blank, this question does not apply to you
  • Item 4: Answer “Yes” or “No”. If you have gained your U.S. permanent residency through adoptive parents, you no longer can file a petition for your biological parents.

 Part 2:  Information About You (Petitioner)

In this part, U.S. citizen who’s sponsoring his/her parents, must answer the following questions:

  • Item 1. Alien Registration Number (A-number): An Alien Registration Number is an identification number issued for an immigrant by the immigration authorities. You can put N/A here if you don’t have one.
  • Item 2. USCIS Online Account Number: You will have this USCIS account number if you have created an online account in the past, for immigration-related purposes. You can leave this blank, if you don’t have one.
  • Item 4.a. Family name (last name): Please provide your last name as it appears in your official documents (passport, government-issued ID, birth certificate). If you have changed your last name, provide your previous last name(s) in the “Other names used” section on the next page of this form.
  • Item 4.b.: Given name (first name): Please provide your first (given) name(s) as it appears in your official documents (passport, government-issued ID, birth certificate). If you have changed your first name, provide your previous first name(s) in the “Other names used” section on the next page of this form.
  • Item 4.c.: Middle name: Please provide your middle name, if you have one. If you don’t have a middle name, leave it blank.
  • “Other names used”, Items 5.a. – 5.c.: If you have ever used any other names, have legally changed your name, please provide all your previous names in this section. If you need more space, you can provide all your other names at the end of the Form I-130, on Page 12, “Additional Information”. Enter the page number, form’s part number and item number.
  • Items 10.a. – 10.i. Mailing address: Provide the Petitioner’s address in this section. USCIS will send all notices in your case via mail. Make sure to update the USCIS if you change your mailing address.
  • Item 16. How many times have you been married? Enter “0” if you have never been married. Enter “1” if you are currently married. If you have been married to the same spouse several times, enter each marriage separately.
  • Items 18-19: Leave them blank if you are unmarried.
  • Items 39.a. – 39.c.: The ‘Certificate Number’ is your naturalization certificate number, which you can find on the top side of your certificate. You can find the place of issuance and date of issuance on your naturalization certificate as well.
  • Item 40. Class of Admission: You can find your ‘Class of Admission’ on the front side of your green card, under the ‘Category’ section.  The ‘Date of Admission’ is the ‘Resident Since’ field on your green card. 

Part 3: Biographic Information

Provide your biographical information here. Choose the option that most accurately describes your race and ethnicity.

Part 4. Information About Beneficiary

This section covers all the required details about your parent. 

  • Items 1-3: Provide your parent’s Alien Registration Number, USCIS Online Account Number and U.S. Social Security Number. If your parent has never been previously in the U.S., he/she most likely doesn’t have these numbers. Leave these fields blank if your parent doesn’t have any.
  • Item 10: If someone has ever filed a Form I-130 for your parent previously, answer “Yes”. 
  • Items 25-44: Carefully enter relevant details of your parent’s spouse and all children, including you. 
  • Item 46.a: If your parent is currently in the U.S., provide your parent’s “class of admission”. If your parent entered the U.S. on a visa, the class of admission is provided in his or her I-94 record. For instance, if your parent entered on a tourist or business visa, his or her class of admission might be B-1 or B2.

The beneficiary would have  an electronic Form I-94 issued by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) or USCIS, on admission in the U.S. after April 30, 2013. 

One can also visit http://www.cbp.gov/i94 for obtaining a paper version of their Form I-94.

  • Items 46.b-46.d: The Form I-94 issued by CBP or USCIS to the beneficiary provides the form number, along with the expiry date for his/her  authorized period of stay. “D/S” is usually granted only to beneficiaries admitted in the U.S. on a student visa or exchange visitor programs.
  • Items 47-50: If the parent has entered the U.S. using a passport or a travel document, then enter the document’s number, even if the document has expired.
  • Item 53. Was the beneficiary EVER in the immigration proceedings: If your parent was ever in immigration court in deportation (removal) proceedings, answer “Yes”. Immigration proceedings include removal, exclusion/deportation, rescission and other judicial proceedings.
  • Items 61.a.-61.b. – If your parent is currently in the U.S.., entered the U.S. on a visa and will apply for the green card within the U.S., choose this option. Provide the city or town and state of the current residence in the U.S.
  • Items 62.a.-62.c. – If your parent is outside the U.S. and will be applying for an immigrant visa at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate, then choose this option. Provide the city or town, province and the country of your parent’s residence.

Part 5. Other Information

  • Items 1-5: This subsection asks if you have ever filed a Form I-130 for this parent or for any other relative. If you have ever filed previously the Form I-130, please provide the details (who did you sponsor, the date you filed the petition and the result).
  • Items 6-9: If you are submitting separate Forms I-130 for your other parent, child, spouse or siblings, provide the details in this subsection.

Part 6. Petitioner’s Statement, Contact Information, Declaration, and Signature

  • The petitioner (you, the U.S. citizen) must affirm to the information provided by you in this form.
  • If an interpreter assisted you in reading and understanding the questions in this form, check the box 1.b. and type or print your language;
  • Make sure to properly sign and date your petition and provide your contact details and email address. USCIS rejects unsigned forms.
  • A stamped or typewritten name in place of a signature is not acceptable. 

Part 7. Interpreter’s Contact Information, Certification, and Signature

If you have used an interpreter to help you prepare the form, this section must be completed by him/her. The interpreter must sign and date the petition.

Part 8. Contact Information, Declaration, and Signature of the Person Preparing this Petition, if Other Than the Petitioner

  • If an attorney or anyone else helped you to prepare this form, they must provide their information, sign and date it.
  • If you have prepared the application yourself, leave this section blank.
  • If the person helping you prepare your petition is an attorney or accredited representative, he/she must also submit a completed Form G-28, along with your petition.

Part 9. Additional Information

This section is for any additional information you want to provide. You can also make copies of this section, for extra space and file it with your petition.

Note: Make a photocopy of the completed Form I-130 application for your records.

Form I-130 Documents Checklist (for Parents)

Attach the following supporting documentation when submitting your parent’s Form I-130 petition. 

Submit only copies of original documents, unless mentioned specifically.

Required documents

Examples of acceptable documents

Proof of your U.S. citizenship

  • U.S. birth certificate (if born in the U.S.)
  • Naturalization certificate
  • Certificate of citizenship
  • Form FS-240, Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA), if born abroad to U.S. citizen parent(s)
  • Unexpired U.S. passport (biographic page)

Proof of permanent resident status

  • Copy of front and back of your green card (Form I-551), or
  • An immigrant visa stamped by CBP  

Beneficiary parent is mother

  • Petitioner’s (your) birth certificate, listing you and your mother’s name

Beneficiary parent is father

  • Your birth certificate, listing both of your parents’ names
  • Your parents’ marriage certificate

Proof of termination of prior marriage(s)

  • Divorce decree, if either of your parents had previous marriage(s)

Beneficiary is an adoptive parent 

  • Adoption decree, depicting that you were adopted before 16 years of age
  • Legal evidence (custody) showing that you and your adoptive parent lived together for at least 2 years before or after adoption

Beneficiary is a step-parent

  • Petitioner’s birth certificate
  • Marriage certificate of your step-parent and biological parent
  • Divorce decree of your step-parent’s and biological parent’s any previous marriage(s) (if any)

How to Fill Out Form I-130 for Spouse

If you are filing Form I-130 to sponsor your spouse, Form I-130A must be submitted.

Part 1: Relationship (You are the Petitioner. Your relative is the Beneficiary)

  • Item 1: Check ‘Spouse’.

Part 2: Information About You (Petitioner)

Petitioner is a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident sponsoring his/her foreign spouse. This section asks questions about the U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident spouse.

  • Item 1. Alien Registration Number (A-number): An Alien Registration Number is an identification number issued for an immigrant by the immigration authorities. You can put N/A here if you don’t have one.
  • Item 2. USCIS Online Account Number: You will have this USCIS account number if you have created an online account in the past, for immigration-related purposes. You can leave this blank, if you don’t have one.
  • Item 4: If your name has changed after marriage or you have ever used other names, make sure to provide your previous names.
  • Items 10.a. – 10.i. Mailing address: Provide the Petitioner’s address in this section. USCIS will send all notices in your case via mail. Make sure to update the USCIS if you change your mailing address.
  • Item 17: Select your current recent marital status
  • Items 20-23: Enter the required information about your current spouse, along with any prior spouse(s), if applicable.
  • Items 36-39: The ‘Certificate Number’ is on the top right-hand side of your naturalization certificate. ‘Place of Issuance’ will be where you have taken your oath ceremony.
  • Item 40. Class of Admission: You can find your ‘Class of Admission’ on the front side of your green card, under the ‘Category’ section.  The ‘Date of Admission’ is the ‘Resident Since’ field on your green card.

Part 3: Biographic Information

Provide your biographical information here. Choose the option that most accurately describes your race and ethnicity. 

Part 4: Information About Beneficiary

Beneficiary is a foreign spouse seeking a green card. This part asks questions about the foreign spouse.

  • Items 1-3: Provide your Alien Registration Number, USCIS Online Account Number and U.S. Social Security Number. If you have never been previously in the U.S., you most likely don’t have these numbers. Leave these fields blank if your were never issued these numbers.
  • Item 10: If someone has ever filed a Form I-130 for the foreign spouse previously, answer “Yes”.
  • Items 21-24: Carefully enter relevant details of beneficiary spouse’s marital history, including the current marriage to a U.S. citizen/lawful permanent resident.
  • Items 25-44: Mentioning you as the first family member in the list, provide information of all the children of the beneficiary.
  • Item 46.a: If the beneficiary is living in the U.S., provide his or her “Class of Admission” (B-1/B-2, F-1, etc.). You can find it on Form I-94.
  • Items 46.b-46.d: The Form I-94 issued by CBP or USCIS to the beneficiary. You can obtain it online (if the beneficiary entered the U.S. after April 30, 2013). Provide the beneficiary’s I-94 number, date of the last arrival and period of authorized stay. “D/S” is usually granted only to beneficiaries admitted in the U.S. on a student visa or exchange visitor programs.
  • Items 47-50: If beneficiary entered the U.S. using a passport or a travel document, then enter the document’s number, even if the document has expired.
  • Item 53. Was the beneficiary EVER in the immigration proceedings: If beneficiary was ever in immigration court in deportation (removal) proceedings, answer “Yes”. Immigration proceedings include removal, exclusion/deportation, rescission and other judicial proceedings.
  • Items 61.a.-61.b. – If the beneficiary is currently in the U.S., entered the U.S. on a visa and will apply for the green card within the U.S., choose this option. Provide the city or town and state of the current residence in the U.S.
  • Items 62.a.-62.c. – If the beneficiary is outside the U.S. and will be applying for an immigrant visa at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate, then choose this option. Provide the city or town, province and the country of the beneficiary’s residence.

Part 5. Other Information

  • Items 1-5: This subsection asks if you have ever filed a Form I-130 for this beneficiary or for any other relative. If you have ever filed previously the Form I-130, please provide the details (who did you sponsor, the date you filed the petition and the result).
  • Items 6-9: If you are submitting separate Forms I-130 for your other relatives (parent, child, spouse or siblings), provide the details in this subsection.

Part 6. Petitioner’s Statement, Contact Information, Declaration, and Signature

  • The petitioner (you, the U.S. citizen) must affirm to the information provided by you in this form.
  • If an interpreter assisted you in reading and understanding the questions in this form, check the box 1.b. and type or print your language;
  • Make sure to properly sign and date your petition and provide your contact details and email address. USCIS rejects unsigned forms.
  • A stamped or typewritten name in place of a signature is not acceptable. 

Part 7. Interpreter’s Contact Information, Certification, and Signature

If you have used an interpreter to help you prepare the form, this section must be completed by him/her. The interpreter must sign and date the petition.

Part 8. Contact Information, Declaration, and Signature of the Person Preparing this Petition, if Other Than the Petitioner

  • If an attorney or anyone else helped you to prepare this form, they must provide their information, sign and date it.
  • If you have prepared the application yourself, leave this section blank.
  • If the person helping you prepare your petition is an attorney or accredited representative, he/she must also submit a completed Form G-28, along with your petition.

Part 9. Additional Information

This section is for any additional information you want to provide. You can also make copies of this section, for extra space and file it with your petition.

Note: Make a photocopy of the completed Form I-130 for your records.

Form I-130 Documents Checklist (for Spouses)

Attach the following supporting documentation while submitting your spouse’s Form I-130 petition. 

Required documents

Examples of acceptable documents

Proof of your U.S. citizenship

  • U.S. birth certificate (if born in the U.S.)
  • Naturalization certificate
  • Certificate of citizenship
  • Form FS-240, Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA), if born abroad to U.S. citizen parent(s)
  • Unexpired U.S. passport (biographic page)

Proof of permanent resident status

  • Copy of front and back of your green card (Form I-551), or
  • An immigrant visa stamped by CBP (Customs and Border Patrol)

Passport-style color photographs

  • Two identical passport size color photographs of you and your spouse, taken in the last 30 days

Proof of a lawful marriage

  • Marriage certificate
  • Legal valid record (court order) of name change (only if petitioner and/or beneficiary legally changed their names)

Proof of termination of any prior marriage(s), if applicable

  • Divorce certificate
  • Certificate of annulment
  • Death certificate 

Proof of good faith marriage

Submit as many documents as possible, for example:

  • Joint bank account statements (credit, checking and saving accounts)
  • Documents showing joint ownership of property
  • Joint residency lease 
  • Joint income tax returns
  • Joint health insurance
  • Joint car insurance
  • Copies of gas, electric, telephone and other utility bills
  • Birth certificates of children born, while together
  • Annotated personal photographs showing both spouses together, with family and friends
  • Joint travel records
  • Witness affidavits confirming your good faith marriage
  • Phone calls, text messages
  • Employment records listing the spouse as an emergency contact
  • Driver’s licenses that show joint residential address

What is an “Alien registration Number” on I-130 Form? 

An Alien Registration Number is an eight- or nine-digit identification number issued to foreign born nationals by USCIS.

You can find this number on your green card and any other immigration notices, in the “USCIS #” or “A number” field. 

We have covered a detailed guide, explaining where you can find your Alien Registration Number. You can find it here.

What is the “Date of Admission” on Form I-130?

“Date of Admission” is the date when a green card holder obtained their permanent residence:

  • Date the permanent resident entered the U.S. on immigrant visa, or
  • Date USCIS approved the permanent resident’s Form I-485

You can also find the date of admission on the front of your permanent resident card, in the “Resident Since” field.

What is “Place of Admission” on Form I-130?

Place of admission is the location where a permanent resident:

  • Entered the U.S. for the first time on an immigrant visa, or
  • City and state in which USCIS approved Form I-485 application

What is ‘In Care of Name’ in Form I-130?

In “Part 2. Information About Petitioner“ section of the I-130 form, there is an item marked ‘10.a’, or ‘In Care of Name‘ field.

If the petitioner wants to receive the mail at an address where he/she doesn’t reside, or at an address with many occupants, you can provide the name of the person who will receive the mail on your behalf.

You may also leave the section blank, if it does not apply to you.

What’s Next After Form I-130 is Approved?

Once your I-130 petition has been approved, you have successfully completed the first step in your relative’s immigration process to the U.S. 

You can find detailed and complete information about what to do next once your I-130 petition is approved, in our guide here.

FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

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

Form I-130 processing times depends on the category:

Category

Average processing time

  • Immediate relatives of US citizens
  • 12-13 months
  • Spouse and unmarried children under 21 of green card holders
  • 12-13 months
  • Unmarried children over 21 of green card holders
  • 4-6 years
  • Unmarried sons and daughters over 21 of US citizens
  • 4-6 years
  • Married sons and daughters of US citizens
  • 4-6 years
  • Brothers and sisters of US citizens
  • 4-6 years

What happens after I-130 is approved?

What happens after Form I-130 is approved, depends on the applicant’s (beneficiary’s) location:

Applicant is outside the U.S.

Applicant is in the U.S.

Step 1. If the priority date is current, NVC (National Visa Center) sends an email with instructions on completing Form DS-260

 

Note: priority date does not apply to immediate relatives of US citizens

 

Step 2. Applicant fills out Form DS-260, submits civil documents, Form I-864 (Affidavit of Support) and petitioner’s tax documents

 

Step 3. Applicant attends an interview at the U.S. Embassy

 

Step 4. Applicant enters the U.S. on an immigrant visa

 

Step 5. Applicant receives an original green card by mail within 90 days after arrival

Step 1. If the priority date is current and applicant meets the Adjustment of Status requirements, file Forms I-485, I-864, I-765 and I-131 with USCIS

 

Most applicants are subject to the 90-Day Rule.

 

Note: priority date does not apply to immediate relatives of US citizens. They do not have to wait for Form I-130 to be approved. Forms I-130 and I-485 can be filed together at the same time (concurrently)

 

Step 2. Applicant attends a biometrics appointment

 

Step 3. Applicant attends an interview at the USCIS local office (some applicants are not required to attend interviews)

 

Step 4. Form I-485 (green card) is issued and delivered by mail

Can I send I-130 and I-485 together?

You can send Forms I-130 and I-485 together if you fall into one of the following categories:

  1. You are an immediate relative of a U.S. citizen (spouse, unmarried child under 21, or parent)
  2. You are a spouse or unmarried child under 21 of permanent resident and the priority date is current for F2A category

Learn More:

Form I-130 Instructions

Form I-130 checklist of documents

Form I-130 Filing Address