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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 not legitimated?

Your birth certificate showing your name and your common parent’s name (if your father married your stepsibling’s mother, your father’s name must be visible on the birth certificate; if your mother married your stepsibling’s father, your mother’s name must be visible on the birth certificate)

  • Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative
  • If you were not born in the U.S., 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 common parent’s name (see above)
  • A copy of the marriage certificate between a) your father and your stepmother, or b) your mother and your stepfather, whichever is applicable (the date of the marriage must be prior to the date on which the child who was born out of wedlock reached the age of 18 or was married)
  • Proof that any previous marriages entered into by your or your stepsibling’s father or mother ended legally (this could include copies of divorce decrees, death certificates, or annulment decrees)
  • Proof that a bona fide parent-child relationship existed between your common parent and the child who was born out of wedlock before that child reached the age of 21 or was married

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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