I-130 Petition


If you live in the United States as an immigrant, you have certain rights, both to work and to live. If you want your relatives to benefit from these rights, your relative can apply for a foreign relative visa. You must submit Form I-130, Petition of Foreign Relatives, to United States Citizenship and Immigration Services. The I-130 form is one of many USCIS immigration forms. I-130 petition  is one of the documents required by USCIS to maintain family integrity.

What Does Approval of I-130 Mean?

Each I-130 petition can be in the name of only one beneficiary. If the petitioners wishe to petition for more than one relative, they must file an I-130 petition for each relative. For example, if the petitioner has 2 children, he or she must file an I-130 petition separately for their children. Approval of the I-130 petition means that the petitioner’s  alien relatives receive the visa application required to live and work in the United States.

I-130 Petition Sample

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Form I-130 is a form that can be downloaded from the USCIS website and is similar to other visa application forms. You start the visa application process for your foreign relative by entering complete and correct information about you and your alien relative on the form. If you have read this article so far, you probably want to download this petition or see a completed sample. You can download it in the download section under this title and edit it according to your personal information.

How to Expedite Form I-130

If you want to start a hassle-free application process for a foreign relative visa, you should know the immigration visa forms you need to fill out.

Form I-130 is for the following categories of relatives:

Immediate Relative (IR): This category is not numerically limited and includes the following subcategories:

IR-1: Spouse of a US citizen. The petitioner and the beneficiary must have been married for at least two years.

IR-2: U.S. Citizen Child under 21 years old. The marriage to the biological parent must have taken place before the child is 18 years old and at least two years before getting the visa.

IR-5: Parent of a US citizen who is at least 21 years old.

Family Preference (F):

You should not confuse with the F visa, which is a student visa in the USA.

F1-1(First Choice): Single sons and daughters of US citizens.
F2-4: Spouses of Legal Permanent Residents
F2-1: Minors
F2-2: Unmarried sons and daughters over the age of 21
F3-1: Married sons and daughters of US citizens.
F4-1: US citizens’ Brothers and sisters

Conditionally Resident (CR):

CR-1 : Spouse married less than two years.
CR-2 : U.S. Citizen’s single child under the age of 21, provided that the marriage to the biological parent occurred before the child was 18 and less than two years before obtaining the visa.

Where to File

You can file the I-130 form on the USCIS official website or address. If you want to file online, you must open an account on the USCIS website. After opening your account with your personal information, you can start filling out the form. You can also file this document by letter. You can find out where to file the petition according to your state on the USCIS website.

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