When a U.S. citizen or lawful resident of the U.S. wants to help relatives immigrate to the U.S., the form I-130 is used to declare and establish the relationship of the citizen with the immigrant. The form is also called the Petition for Alien Relative. You need to file a separate form for each relative wishing to apply for immigration/green card. Filing and approval of an I-130 is only the first step in helping a relative immigrate to the U.S.
- Passport-style photos of your relative as per the specifications by U.S. immigration.
- Photocopies of legal documents that prove your relationship. For spouse you need the marriage certificate. If either of you were married earlier, you also need proof of the earlier marriage being terminated (divorce documents). For parents/children, you need documentary evidence of the relationship.
- Documentary proof of your U.S. citizenship or legal permanent status, if you are a green card holder.
- If applying for a spouse, also fill the G-325a, which is a biographical data form. You need to fill this separately for you and your spouse, four forms each.
- A cover letter stating the purpose of application and listing the table of contents, including the documents included in the package.
April 25, 2016
P.O. Box 804625
Chicago, IL 60680-4107
Subject: I-130 Petition for [SPOUSE’S NAME]
I, [NAME], a citizen of the United States, would like to file a petition I-130 for my spouse, [SPOUSE’S NAME].
Please find enclosed the following required and supporting documents:
Completed and signed for G-1145
Completed and signed form I-130
Money order for I-130 filing fee
Completed and signed form G-325A and photograph (petitioner)
Completed and signed form G-325A and photograph (beneficiary)
Copy of petitioner’s birth certificate
Copy of our marriage certificate
Copy of beneficiary’s birth certificate and passport
A lease showing joint tenancy of a common residence
Proof of a bona fide relationship
A short summary of our story
Copies of the documents submitted are exact photocopies of unaltered documents and I understand that I or my husband may be required to submit original documents to an immigration or consular officer at a later date.
I kindly request you to process the above petition and to provide the receipt notice as soon as possible.
If you have any questions or concerns on the above matter, please do not hesitate to contact me at [phone number], or at the address below.
[SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER]