I-130 aids eligible family immigration for Green Cards. 'Immediate Relatives' caters to immediate family, 'Family Preference' to extended family.
Submitting Form I-130, Petition for an Alien Relative is the first step in helping an eligible relative to immigrate to the United States and get a Green Card.
Immediate Relatives (IR) Immigrant Visas
This visa type for immediate family members of U.S. citizens. The government does not limit these visas, so the processing times can be fast. An immediate relative includes:
Spouse of a U.S. citizen
A U.S. citizen’s unmarried child under the age of 21
A parent of a U.S. citizen who is at least 21 years of age
Family Preference (F#) Immigrant Visas
This visa is for certain family members of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents. There are limits per year on the family preference green cards issued, which can result in longer wait times to receive a visa. The following family relationships qualify under this visa:
F1 includes a U.S. citizen’s unmarried children 21 years of age and older;
F2A includes a lawful permanent resident’s spouse, and unmarried children under 21 years of age
F2B ) includes a lawful permanent resident’s unmarried children 21 years of age and older;
F3 includes a U.S. citizen’s married children; and
F4 includes a U.S. citizen’s brothers and sisters, if the U.S. citizen is 21 years of age and older
We recommend starting the I-130 Petition for your family member as soon as you can, as paperwork and processing of this Immigrant Visa can take weeks to prepare and processing times vary from a few months to over one year.
Do you Qualify?
The U.S. citizen or green card holder must be able to show:
Proof of the close family relationship;
A permanent residence must be maintained in the U.S.;
Adequate financial support for the person being sponsored for a green card.
Create an account and schedule a consultation
Start your application by creating an account. It is free and will check if you are eligible. With an account, you can schedule a call with one of our immigration experts.
How It Works
- 1Create An Account
Do an eligibility check, or pick a visa, or just sign up directly to create an account. Then you can see all the documents needed, questions you must answer, and fee payments for our services and to the government. If you have any questions, it is easy to contact our sales team or to schedule a call.
- 2Eligibility Confirmation Before Payment
First you will answer a few questions to ensure you are eligible for the visa. Only if you are eligible will the payment unlock. Making payment assigns an immigration lawyer or regulated consultant to your application. We are transparent in our process and pricing, and clearly list all the fees and processing times for your visa. Read our Transparency Pledge. We use Stripe for credit or debit card payment processing, which is secure and encrypted.
- 3Complete Your Application Online
You can complete as many of the application tasks you wish before payment. Take your time. Some visas require a lot of information, which requires answering questionnaires and uploading of documents. Our system ensures everything necessary is gathered depending on your situation - preventing errors and omissions - and saving you time.
- 4Visa Preparation and Submission
Once all the tasks are completed, our experts will review your answers and start preparing your application so that the best case is best presented. Government fees are also due once the application is completed and we can correctly calculate the government fees due. After a final review by you, and by our experts, your application will be submitted! You will have peace of mind that only comes with an accurate application.
- 5Approval and Renewals
We notify you when your visa is approved! If there are any questions or rejections from the government, we will answer them and resubmit without any further fees from us. We securely store your immigration documents for 7 years and provide alerts well before any expiry dates. Renewing or taking the next step toward citizenship is easy when all your immigration history is in one place.
Some documents you will need to provide, and some documents we may prepare for you.
- Birth Certificate for Applicant
- Current I-94
- Digital photo
- Evidence of bona fide marriage
- Marriage Certificate
- Passport Biographic Page
- Prior I-797A approval notice
- Termination of Marriage Certificate
- U.S. Passport, Certificate of Naturalization, or U.S. Green Card