I-130 FORM – PETITION FOR ALIEN RELATIVE
The I-130 Petition for Alien Relative is used by an individual who is a U.S. Citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident seeking to prove familial relationship with eligible candidate to immigrate to the United States. The I-130 Petition for Alien Relative is the first step in an eligible relative’s immigration process. A relative must then apply to become a Lawful Permanent Resident.
At Tsang & Associates, we have a long history of helping thousands of clients successfully file for the I-130 Petition for Alien Relative and will help our clients complete that process from beginning to end.
Our fee structure is unique to us as we strive to tailor our services for each client individually. We adapt price standards that are capable of fluctuating for each client depending on their unique needs. Clients may retain us for one or all of the above steps/services.
Our typical fee for a standard I-130 case is $1,500, not including government fees and third-party expenses. We are happy to customize a proposal for your case during the consultation. Please see below information.
CASE PROCESSING OVERVIEW
Step 1: Strategy Session for the I-130 Petition for Alien Relative
This is the most crucial step for your entire I-130 Petition for Alien Relative. We will review all of the supporting documents to create a strategy, a customized checklist, and a timeline to serve as the guiding foundation for the entire case preparation.
Step 2: Prepare and Submit the I-130 Application to USCIS
This is the most crucial step for your entire I-130 Application. We will review all of the supporting documents to create a strategy, a customized checklist, and a timeline to serve as the guiding foundation for the entire case preparation.
Step 3: Prepare Client for Interview with USCIS (if applicable)
If an interview is required, we will help guide the client in his/her preparation for the interview with USCIS by simulating the interview and ensuring the client is well-versed in the application material. Our services include a comprehensive strategy for answering inquiries posed, practice questions, thorough feedback, and other tools to help clients succeed during the interview. You can attend the interview by yourself or inquire about our attorney appearance service at an additional cost.
Step 4: Respond to USCIS Requests / Administrative Processing / Status Checks / Fraud Alerts
After the interview, we will review with you the possible responses with USCIS. From additional document requests to continuance notice and fraud alerts, our team takes a pro-active approach towards ensuring that the process is as seamless as possible.
Step 5: Approval is Only the Beginning
You will receive a petition approval notice. Our team will help you prepare for the next steps.
Checklist of Required Evidence
- Evidence of U.S. citizenship, lawful permanent residence, or U.S. national status:
- A copy of your birth certificate, issued by a civil registrar, vital statistics office, or other civil authority showing you were born in the United States;
- A copy of your naturalization or citizenship certificate issued by USCIS or the former Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS);
- A copy of Form FS-240, Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA), issued by a U.S. Embassy or U.S. Consulate;
- A copy of your unexpired U.S. passport;
- An original statement from a U.S. consular officer verifying you are a U.S. citizen with a valid passport; or
- A copy of the front and back of your Permanent Resident Card (also known as a Green Card or a Form I-551).
- Evidence of family relationship with one of the following:
- Spouse: A copy of your marriage certificate
- Evidence you or your spouse terminated any prior marriages (if applicable)
- Child: A copy of your child’s birth certificate(s).
- Parent: A copy of your birth certificate.
- Brother/Sister: A copy of the birth certificate for you and your sibling.
- Spouse: A copy of your marriage certificate
- Evidence of the bona fides of the marriage, if petitioning for a spouse:
- Documentation showing joint ownership of property;
- A lease showing joint tenancy of a common residence, meaning you both live at the same address together;
- Documentation showing that you and your spouse have combined your financial resources;
- Birth certificates of children born to you and your spouse together;
- Affidavits sworn to or affirmed by third parties having personal knowledge of the bona fides of the marital relationship. Each affidavit must contain the full name and address of the person making the affidavit; date and place of birth of the person making the affidavit; and complete information and details explaining how the person acquired their knowledge of your marriage; and
- Any other relevant documentation to establish that there is an ongoing marital union.
- Proof of legal name change (if applicable); and
- Two passport-style photographs (if applicable).
The updated filing fee for Form I-130 can be found using here. 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. DO NOT MAIL CASH. You must submit all fees in the exact amounts.
Who may I file form I-130 for?
If you are a U.S. citizen, you must file a separate Form I-130 Petition for Alien Relative for each eligible relative. You may file Form I-130 for:
- Your spouse;
- Your unmarried children under 21 years of age;
- Your unmarried sons or daughters 21 years of age or older;
- Your married sons or daughters of any age;
- Your brothers or sisters (you must be 21 years of age or older); and
- Your mother or father (you must be 21 years of age or older).
If you are a lawful permanent resident of the United States, you must file a separate Form I-130 for each eligible relative. You may file Form I-130 for:
- Your spouse;
- Your unmarried child under 21 years of age; and
- Your unmarried son or daughter 21 years of age or older.
SAMPLE & TEMPLATES
Attorney Brief: [coming soon] We will provide an attorney brief sample for the I-130 petition.
Cover Letter: [coming soon] We will also provide a cover letter sample for the I-130 petition.
Sample Request for Evidence: [coming soon] Requests for evidence can be used to strengthen the case.
Sample Checklist: [coming soon] We look at the client’s unique situation and create customized checklists to strengthen their cases.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Does approval of this petition mean that my family member is automatically a lawful permanent resident or they can immediately immigrate to the United States?
No. An approved petition for alien relative does not give the beneficiary automatic lawful permanent resident status or permission to immediately immigrate to the United States.
When will a visa become available?
What if a name has changed?
What if an official document is not available?
What if I'm filing for a spouse married less than 2 years?
SCHEDULE A SESSION
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