Petition for Parents of U.S. Citizens
Only U.S. citizen over the age of 21 years old may petition for their parents (mother and father) to live in the United States as lawful permanent residents (green card holders).
To start a petition for your parents, you must submit the following documents:
- 1) Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative with a filing fee of $420
- 2) Proof that you are a U.S. citizen
- a) If you were born in the U.S., copy of your Birth Certificate
- b) If you were not born in the U.S., copy of your Naturalization Certificate or U.S. Passport
- 3) Evidence of the qualifying relationship
- a) If you are petitioning for your mother, a copy of your Birth Certificate showing your name and your mother’s name
- b) If you are petitioning for your father and your parents are married, a copy of your Birth
- Certificate showing your name and the names of both parents AND a copy of parents’
- marriage certificate
- c) If you are petitioning for your father and your parents are not married, a copy of your Birth
- Certificate showing your name and your father’s name AND evidence that you were
- legitimated before your 18th birthday.
What does it mean to be an immediate relative? “Immediate relatives” are certain immigrant family members of U.S. citizens, including:
- – Spouses of U.S. citizens
- - Children (unmarried and under 21) of U.S. citizens
- - Parents of U.S. citizens (the U.S. citizen must be 21 or older)
Immediate relatives of U.S. citizens do not need to wait in line for a visa, because visa numbers are always available to them. Immediate relatives who are in the U.S. may be able to file Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status and Form I-130 at the same time.
If you are a U.S. citizen over the age of 21 and your mother or father is outside the U.S., you will file the Form I-130 along with the supporting documents with USCIS. If it’s approved, your mother or father will complete the visa process at the local U.S. Consulate in their home country.
If you are a U.S. citizen over the age of 21 and your mother or father is in the U.S., they may be able to file Form I-485 and I-130 at the same time.