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An “I-130,” otherwise more formally known as a “Petition for Alien Relative,” is the preliminary document that starts the immigration process for a relative to get legal status in the United States. An I-130 petition or family-based petition can be sought by a child, spouse, brother, sister, or a parent.

When filing for a family member, whether as an immediate relative or under a family-based preference category, it’s important to remember that there’s a deadline to apply for a “green card” after the I-130 is approved. It’s also important to understand the general process, especially when adjusting status (interviewing in the U.S.) versus consular processing (interviewing at a U.S. consulate).

Waiting for a Visa Number

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