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Green Card - Immediate Relatives of U.S. Citizens - Frequently Asked Questions


How do I petition for my father? I was born in wedlock?

If you are applying to bring your father to the U.S. to live, you must file the following with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services:

  • Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative (if you are filing for both parents, you must file a separate petition for each parent)
  • A copy of your birth certificate showing your name and the names of both your parents
  • If you were not born in the U.S., a copy of either
  • Your Certificate of Naturalization or Citizenship, or
  • Your U.S. passport
  • A copy of your parents’ civil marriage certificate
  • A copy of any divorce decrees, death certificates, or annulment decrees that would show that any previous marriage entered into by your mother or father was ended legally

Note 1: If your name or your father’s name is different from the name on your birth certificate, you must provide evidence of the legal name change.

Note 2: If you have been legally adopted, you may not petition for your birth parent

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