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Petition for Parents of U.S. Citizens

February 5, 2014NancyBlog

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.

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