What is your approach to handling I-130 petitions?
We can sum up our general approach to handling I-130 petitions in a single world–individualized. Any decent immigration lawyer eventually learns that no two cases are exactly alike — meaning that there are no cookie-cutter solutions. You are an individual, your concerns are unique, and our representation reflects that reality at every stage of the process.
How do I pay the filing fee?
You can use a check (preferably a certified check) or a money order. The USCIS will not accept cash payments, and you must include the filing fee with your complete I-130 package.
How long does it take to process Form I-130?
Processing times run from 6 to 15 months. Petitions filed by US citizens tend to be processed faster, as do petitions filed on behalf of people who live in the US and petitions filed by US citizens on behalf of their foreign spouses. Remember that if your priority date is not current, you may have to wait years to immigrate even after Form I-130 is approved.
What is Form I-864 and how does it relate to Form I-130?
As the sponsor of a would-be immigrant, you are expected to guarantee your beneficiary’s financial support while he is in the US by completing Form I-864, Affidavit of Support.
If your income is insufficient to do so, you could seek a joint sponsor. If you cannot guarantee support, your petition will be rejected even if it otherwise meets all requirements.
Does my beneficiary have to attend a USCIS interview? Do I have to attend with him?
No interview is required for approval of Form I-130. Once your beneficiary files Form I-485 for adjustment of status, however, in all likelihood an interview will be required. Your presence will probably be required if your relative lives in the United States. If your relative lives abroad and is interviewed at a US embassy or consulate, however, your presence may not be required.