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I-730, Refugee/Asylee Relative Petition

Purpose of Form

If you have been admitted to the United States as a principal refugee or if you were granted status in the United States as a principle asylee within the previous two years, you may file a Form I-730 to request follow-to-join benefits for your spouse and/or unmarried children under 21 years of age only. See Form I-730 instructions (linked above) for further information.

Number of Pages

Form 4; Instructions 6.

Edition Date

04/09/15; 01/15/13 editions accepted. No other previous editions accepted.

Where to File

If you live in AK, AZ, CA, CO, Guam, HI, ID, IL, IN, IA, KS, MI, MN, MO, MT, NE, NV, ND, OH, OR, SD, UT, WA, WI or WY, mail your petition to:

Nebraska Service Center
P.O. Box 87730
Lincoln, NE 68501-7730

If you live in AL, AR, CT, the District of Columbia, FL, GA, KY, LA, ME, MD, MA, MS, NH, NJ, NM, NY, NC, SC, OK, PA, Puerto Rico, RI, TN, TX, VT, VA, the U.S. Virgin Islands or WV, mail your petition to:

Texas Service Center
PO Box 852824
Mesquite, TX 75185

Filing Fee

No fee

Special Instructions

This page can be found at


To improve customer service and program integrity, USCIS is implementing a phased-in process in which we will no longer approve Form I-730 before we interview and collect biometrics from a beneficiary.  Currently, we conduct an interview and collect biometrics after we approve the petition for a beneficiary residing abroad.  We will begin this process change for a limited group of cases, with the aim of eventually establishing this process for all Form I-730 cases.

During phase one, USCIS Service Centers will transfer Form I-730 for beneficiaries residing in China to a USCIS international field office in China for completion of the interview and final case adjudication if:

  • The Form I-730 has not been adjudicated at a Service Center on or before March 31, 2014, and
  • The Service Center has not identified any initial issues requiring denial of the Form I-730 before the case is transferred abroad for the beneficiary’s interview.

If we transfer a case to an international field office in China for adjudication, we will notify the petitioner and any representative of record through a transfer notice identifying the USCIS international field office responsible for adjudicating the Form I-730. It is important to notify the appropriate international field office if the contact information for the petitioner, representative, or beneficiary changes. The contact information for the international field offices is listed on the International Immigration Offices Web page.

Contact information in Chinese for the Guangzhou Field Office can be found on the Consulate General of the United States, Guangzhou’s website

Contact information in Chinese for the Beijing Field Office can be found on the Embassy of the United States, Beijing’s website.

Once the international field office receives the petition, we will notify the petitioner, the beneficiary, and any representative of record and provide further processing instructions. Due to customs delays, it may take up to two months for transferred cases to reach a USCIS international field office in China.

Last Reviewed/Updated: 05/12/2015