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 principal 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. In some cases, USCIS may grant a waiver of the 2-year filing deadline for humanitarian reasons. See Form I-730 instructions (linked above) for further information.
Number of Pages
Form 8; Instructions 7.
05/30/17. Starting 9/15/2017, we will only accept the 05/30/17 edition. Until then, you can use the 04/09/15 edition. You can find the edition date at the bottom of the page on the form and instructions.
Where to File
|If you live in:||Then mail your petition to:|
Nebraska Service Center
District of Columbia
U.S. Virgin Islands
|Texas Service Center|
P.O. Box 852824
Mesquite, TX 75185
Don’t forget to sign your form! We will reject any unsigned form.
For beneficiaries who are located overseas
On January 12, 2018, USCIS changed the domestic processing location for certain Form I-730 petitions filed by individuals who were admitted to the United States as refugees. Previously, the Service Center Operations Directorate processed these forms. Now the International Adjudications Support Branch (IASB) in the Refugee, Asylum, and International Operations Directorate will process them.
Petitioners and/or accredited representatives who file refugee-based Form I-730 petitions will receive further instructions when IASB receives their filings.
Once IASB completes domestic processing, it will send the case abroad to either a USCIS international field office or to the Department of State in cases where the beneficiary (following-to-join relative) will be interviewed in a country without a USCIS office. If the case is sent to the Department of State, IASB will adjudicate the case before sending it abroad. In some instances, USCIS may also be responsible for cases in certain countries where the Department of State is unable to process the case and the following-to-join refugee cannot travel.
All USCIS international field offices now adjudicate Form I-730 petitions for beneficiaries they interview. Find a list of countries with USCIS field offices on our International Immigration Offices page.
This change will not affect Form I-730 petitions filed by individuals granted asylum where the beneficiary is located overseas. For asylum cases, when USCIS service centers transfer a case to an international field office for adjudication, we will send a transfer notice to the petitioner and any representative. This notice will identify the USCIS international field office responsible for adjudicating the Form I-730. Once the international field office receives the petition, we will notify the petitioner, the beneficiary, and any representative, and will provide further processing instructions.
It may take up to two months for transferred cases to reach a USCIS international field office. It is important to notify USCIS or Department of State if the contact information for the petitioner, representative, or beneficiary changes. To update your address, submit Form AR-11 or submit your Change of Address online and, if applicable, contact the international field office, embassy or consulate processing your case abroad. The contact information for an international field office is listed on its webpage.
New security measures for following-to-join refugees
On February 1, 2018, USCIS and the Department of State implemented new procedures to ensure that all individuals admitted as refugees receive similar, thorough vetting – whether they are principal refugees, accompanying family members, or following-to-join refugees.
The new security measures that will apply to following-to-join refugees processed overseas include:
- Ensuring that following-to-join refugees receive the full baseline interagency checks that other refugees receive.
Requesting that the following-to-join refugee submit his or her Form I-590, Registration for Classification as Refugee (PDF, 652 KB), in support of the principal refugee’s Form I-730 petition earlier in the adjudication process. USCIS or DOS will contact petitioners directly to request this information until filing instructions are updated.
- Note: You cannot use Form I-590 to request refugee status directly with USCIS. For information about the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program, go to our the Refugees page
- Vetting certain nationals or stateless persons against classified databases.