I-130, Petition for Alien Relative

Purpose of Form

For citizen or lawful permanent resident of the United States to establish the relationship to certain alien relatives who wish to immigrate to the United States.

Note: Filing a Form I-130 is only the first step in helping a relative immigrate to the United States. Eligible family members must wait until there is a visa number available before they can apply to become a lawful permanent resident.

How to report suspected marriage fraud: U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has an online tip form to report suspected benefit/marriage fraud or other violations. 

Number of Pages

Form 12; Instructions 12.

Edition Date

02/27/17. No previous editions accepted. You can find the edition date at the bottom of the page on the Form and Instructions.

Where to File

File at the Chicago or Phoenix Lockbox, depending on where you live and whether your relative is also concurrently filing Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status. The addresses are listed here: Direct Filing Addresses for Form I-130 web page.

If you reside outside of the United States where USCIS has an international office, you may file at the USCIS Chicago Lockbox facility. If you are a U.S. citizen filing for a spouse or unmarried child under the age of 21 or a parent (if you, the U.S. citizen, are 21 years of age or older), you may also file at the USCIS international office in the country in which you reside. 

If you are a U.S. citizen and you reside outside of the United States where USCIS does not have an international office, you may file for an immediate relative at the U.S. Embassy or consulate having jurisdiction over the area where you live only if:

  • Exceptional circumstances (PDF, 61 KB) exist, and
  • The USCIS field office director with jurisdiction over that location determines that the Embassy or consulate may accept and adjudicate the case. 

For a list of USCIS international offices and filing instructions, please visit www.uscis.gov/international.

Filing Tips for Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative

Complete all sections of the form. The form will be rejected if these fields are missing:

  • Part 1 – Relationship
  • Part 2 – Information About You
    • Your Full Name
    • Date of Birth
    • Mailing Address
    • Your Marital Information
  • Part 4 – Information About Beneficiary
    • Beneficiary Full Name
    • Date of Birth
    • Beneficiary’s Physical Address
    • Beneficiary’s Marital Information

Sign the form in Part 6, Petitioner’s Signature. If there is no original signature in Part 6, USCIS will reject the form and return it for correction and re-filing. The fillable version of Form I-130 now includes a “Don’t forget to sign!” message and an arrow pointing to the signature box as a reminder for when you print the completed form for mailing. 

Filing Fee

$535.

Special Instructions

  • You must file a separate Form I-130 for each eligible relative, unless he or she can be considered a derivative beneficiary. See the form instructions for more information.
  • If you are using the 02/27/17 edition of Form I-130 to file for your spouse, you must also submit a Form I-130A, Supplemental Information for Spouse Beneficiary.
  • If you are using the 12/23/16 edition of Form I-130 to file for your spouse, you must also submit two Form G-325A, Biographic Information: one for you and one for your spouse.  Do not submit Form G-325.Please read our Lockbox Filing Tips.
  • To receive an email or text message when we accept your form, complete Form G-1145, E-Notification of Application/Petition Acceptance and clip it to the front of the petition.

To ensure your Form I-130 is accepted for processing:

  • Fill out the form completely and accurately
  • Sign the form
  • Pay the correct filing fee of $535.
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