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I-130 - Frequently Asked Questions


What happens if the Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative, beneficiary misses the interview appointment?

If the beneficiary misses the interview appointment, the Immigrant Visa Unit will reschedule the interview appointment, generally one or two months from the date when the new appointment is requested. The beneficiary will be notified by mail of the new date.


What is Administrative Processing for Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative, and how long does it take?

Administrative Processing usually refers to a legally mandated security check the Department of State must do for all applicants or beneficiaries over the age of 16. It is a routine process that is done automatically and, if it was performed more than a year ago, may need to be updated. The process normally takes four to six weeks.

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Can an attorney accompany the beneficiary during the immigrant visa interview at the Consulate?

This depends on the Consulate. Some Consulates allow an attorney to be present during the interview but not participate until the interview is completed.

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