Form I-130A Explained

Form I-130A Explained

What is Form i-130A?

Form I-130 must be filed by a US citizen or lawful permanent resident who seeks to sponsor an eligible relative for immigration (Petitioner for Alien Relative).

The I-130 form is used to prove your relationship with the eligible relative you want to sponsor.You must prove your marital relationship if the individual you want to sponsor is your husband.

 

This partnership is established using Form I-130A.

Form I-130A is an addendum to Form I-130, and both forms must be filed together.

The sponsored immigrant must fill out Form I-130A.

To put it another way, if you're sponsoring your spouse for immigration, your spouse must fill out Form I-130.

If you live in the United States and your spouse lives elsewhere, there is an exemption.

You may file Form I-130A on behalf of your spouse in these instances, and your partner is not required to sign the application.

How much does the I-130A cost?

There are no additional expenses because Form I-130A is a supplement to be filed with Form I-130.

Only the payments related with Form I-130 must be paid.

The filing fee for Form I-130 is $535.

How long does it take to process Form I-130A?

Because these papers will be filed together, the processing period for the I-130A will be the same as for the family sponsorship form. The I-130A does not require any additional or separate processing time. (For a complete timeline of the entire marriage-based green card procedure, please contact us)

What supporting documents are required for Form I-130A?

The I-130A's supporting documents are identical to those necessary for the family sponsorship form. Because such documents are part of the same application package, you do not need to give duplicates.

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If you become a US citizen after filing the I-130 petition, you can notify the appropriate office about your naturalization and improve your relative's visa classification. If you've petitioned your spouse, parent, or any unmarried children under the age of 21, they won't have to wait for a visa. They will be able to obtain visas immediately following your citizenship.

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An application may be declined for a variety of reasons. You will get Form I-797 ("Notice of Action") in the mail if USCIS declines your I-130 petition.

If you believe your I-130 was denied unfairly, you may be entitled to appeal to the Administrative Appeals Office (AAO) within 30 days of receiving your notice (not from when the notice was received).

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You may be eligible to file Form I-485 with your relative if you file Form I-130 and they are already in the United States. This is known as concurrent filing.

If your relative isn't a close family member, such as your spouse, kid, or parent, you may need to ensure that they have a visa before submitting concurrently.

To be considered together, you must file Form I-130 and Form I-485 at the same time, along with the requisite filing fees and supporting documentation, to the same address. If you have filed Form I-130 online or by mail and it is still pending when your relative files Form I-485 to change their status, it will be regarded filed concurrently.

Both of these forms are eligible for concurrent filing because they are processed by USCIS. Because immigrant visas are handled by the Department of State, you will not be able to submit for adjustment of status at the same time if your relative is not currently in the United States.

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