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I-130 - Frequently Asked Questions

1.

What is the purpose of Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative?

A U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident of the U.S. may file Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative, to establish their relationship to certain alien relatives who wish to immigrate to the U.S. A separate Form I-130 must be filed for each eligible relative.

2.

As a U.S. citizen, for whom can I file Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative?

As a U.S. citizen you may file Form I-130 for:

  • A child (unmarried and under 21 years of age)
  • An unmarried son or daughter (over 21 years of age)
  • A married son or daughter of any age
  • Parents
  • Brother or sisters
  • Spouse

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3.

As a legal permanent resident, for whom can I file Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative?

As a legal permanent resident you may file Form I-130 for:

  • Spouse
  • A child (unmarried and under 21 years of age)
  • An unmarried son or daughter (over 21 years of age)
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