Family based petition i-130

Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relatives is the first step in helping an eligible relative apply to immigrate to the United States and obtain permanent residency. Generally, the U.S. immigration system has two major categories of family-based immigrants: immediate relative and family preference. 


Immediate family refers to:

1) Spouse of a U.S. citizen

2) Unmarried child (under 21 years of age) of a U.S citizen. 

3) Parents of a U.S. citizen. 

On the other hand, Family preference refers to: 1) Sons and Daughters of U.S citizens or permanent residents

2) Brothers and Sisters of adult U.S. citizens. 


The I-130 processing time depends on the type of relationship (between petitioner and beneficiary), and the accuracy of the prepared I-130 petition. It is extremely important that the petitioner files a well-prepared I-130 package that is free of errors and inconsistencies to avoid delays and increased costs. Generally, once your petition is approved, your relative (the intended immigrant) may apply to become a lawful permanent resident via consular processing or adjustment of status. 


If you do not properly file your Form I-130, USCIS will send a Notice of Intent to Deny the petition or may send a Request for Evidence. Either will significantly delay your processing time. Thus, it is vital to prepare the I-130 correctly through a seasoned attorney, who has done many similar cases and would submit all required supporting documents in a timely manner. Please call our office to discuss your eligibility with one of our lawyers and get started.