Firstly, you need to properly fulfill all the questions in the USCIS I-130 form, which are divided into five parts, collect supporting documents. Afterward, you must file documents at the proper lockbox facility. Throughout the form, you will notice that the immigrant is referred to as “your relative” or the “beneficiary.”
Part 1. – Seeks information about a relationship where you need to select the offered type of relative that you want to petition: spouse, parent, brother/sister, or a child. Notice that U.S. citizens may sponsor any of these, but a lawful permanent resident may only petition a spouse or unmarried child.
If you file form I-130 for a child or parent, select an option for the type of relationship (biological, stepchild/stepparent, or adoptive). There will be some additional questions about adoptive relationships, but these are generally easy to answer.
Part 2. – Asks for Information about the petitioner regarding the address and marital information.
Part 3. – Requires biographic information. Here, you will need to select provided options under “race” and “ethnicity” for immigrants.
Part 4. -Asks you about information of beneficiary (the intending relative-immigrant): There are sections regarding Marital Information (note that marital details about both you and your spouse are vital, so be ready to provide extra information about it), Information About Beneficiary’s Family, Beneficiary’s Entry Information, Unauthorized Stay, Unlawful Entry.
Part 5. – Requires you to provide Other Information: whether you ever filed a petition for this beneficiary or any other immigrant relative.
After completing the I-130 form, you must file it at the proper USCIS lockbox facility.
The filing USCIS lockbox facility for your Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative, will depend on whether you live outside the United States and whether you are filing Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence, or Application for Adjustment of Status, at the same time (also called as “concurrent filing”).
For example, if you live outside the United States, you may file your I-130 at the Dallas lockbox facility.
According to the U.S. State Department website, the USCIS office in the United Kingdom and Ghana will continue to process Forms I-130 until March 31, 2020, for U.S. citizens residing in these countries.
You may request an electronic notification when by filing the form G-
On the USCIS website, you can find the table that exactly explains which lockbox facility you should file Form I-130.
According to the Fee Calculator that you may find on the USCIS website, the filing fee for Form I-130 is $535.00, and you can pay this via check or credit card.