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How do I petition for my stepbrother or stepsister, we are related through our father, and one of us was born out of wedlock but legitimated?

If you are a U.S. citizen seeking permanent resident status for your stepbrother or stepsister and you were and/or your stepsibling was born out of wedlock, and you are related through your father, and the child born out of wedlock was legitimated, you must file the following items with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services:

  • Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative
  • Your birth certificate showing your name and your father’s name
  • If you were not born in the United States, a copy of
  • Your Certificate of Naturalization or Citizenship or
  • Your U.S. passport
  • A copy of your stepbrother’s or stepsister’s birth certificate showing his or her name and your father’s name
  • Evidence that you were and/or your stepsibling was legitimated before reaching the age of 18 and while still unmarried through:
  • The marriage of that person’s natural parents
  • The laws of your or your stepbrother’s or stepsister’s country of residence or domicile, or
  • The laws of your father’s residence or domicile

Note: If anyone’s name has been legally changed (if it differs from the name on his or her birth certificate), evidence of the name change must be submitted.

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