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

Additional Information for Completing Your Form:

If you submit Form I-730 on paper: Be sure to sign the form at Part 5, Signature. The fillable version of Form I-730 now includes “Don’t forget to sign!” messages and an arrow pointing to the signature box as reminders for when you print the completed form for mailing. USCIS rejects any unsigned Form I-730. Having to return it to you for a signature will delay processing of your petition.

Filing Fee

No fee


To improve customer service and program integrity, we are implementing a process change in the way we adjudicate Form I-730 Refugee/Asylee Relative Petitions where the beneficiaries reside abroad in a location covered by a USCIS international office.  In the past, USCIS service centers adjudicated the I-730 petitions before the cases were sent abroad for the beneficiaries to be interviewed for travel eligibility.  In a phased-in approach, USCIS has begun transferring the responsibility for the final adjudication of the I-730 petition to the overseas USCIS office that conducts the beneficiary’s interview.  Where the service center determines there is a clear reason for denial based on the service center’s case review, the service center will notify the petitioner per current procedures and adjudicate the case.  This process improvement does not currently affect I-730 cases where USCIS does not have an overseas presence and a Department of State officer will interview the beneficiary.

We began this process change in 2014 with petitions for beneficiaries residing in China, with the goal of eventually expanding the process to all Form I-730 adjudications where beneficiaries reside abroad.  During the next implementation phase, USCIS service centers will transfer Form I-730 petitions for beneficiaries who reside in countries where there is a USCIS international field office (with the exception of beneficiaries living in Thailand and Kenya) to the field office in that country to interview the beneficiary and adjudicate the case if:

  • The Form I-730 has not been adjudicated at a service center on or before June 13, 2016, and
  • The domestic USCIS service center has prescreened the I-730 petition, found the documentation to be in order, and not found any reason to deny the Form I-730 before the case is transferred abroad for the beneficiary’s interview.

A list of counties with USCIS field offices can be found on the on the International Immigration Offices Web page.

If we transfer a case to an international field office for adjudication, we will send a transfer notice to the petitioner and any representative identifying 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. Due to customs delays, it may take up to two months for transferred cases to reach a USCIS international field office.

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.

Special Instructions

This page can be found at https://www.uscis.gov/i-730

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