U.S. Immigration – uscitizenship https://www.uscitizenship.info/articles Just another WordPress site Wed, 08 Nov 2017 13:41:26 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8 How to Find Out Immigration Status? https://www.uscitizenship.info/articles/how-to-find-out-immigration-status/ https://www.uscitizenship.info/articles/how-to-find-out-immigration-status/#respond Thu, 20 Feb 2014 08:25:58 +0000 http://seo-articles.unitedimmigrationinc.com/usc/articles/?page_id=6005 How to Find Out Immigration Status?The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) keeps the immigration records of immigrants in the U.S. Some—but not all—of these records are made available under the Freedom of Information and Privacy Act (FOIA), which you can use to get a person’s immigration file from the USCIS. But you’ll need to get permission from that person first.

To get immigration information about an immigrant, you need to file Form G-639, Freedom of Information and Privacy Act (FOIA) Request, with the USCIS. You can get this form on the USCIS website or by calling the USCIS Forms Request Line at (800) 870-3676.

You can either complete the form by hand or fill it out on a computer and then print it out. You must fill it out completely and give all the information that is required.

Form G-639: Step-by-Step Instructions

You fill out all five parts of the form:

1. You must check the box next to the statement that applies to you—whether you are a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident (green card holder). You must also say whether you’re asking to see your own records or someone else’s. If you check the box next to “Other,” you must fill in the required information in the space that is provided.

2. You need to describe the records you’re asking for. You don’t have to answer all the questions in this section. But you need to give the information that the USCIS needs or your request will be delayed. Check the box next to “Complete Alien File” if you want to see the complete immigration file. If you need some other information, check the box beside “Other” and explain the purpose of your request.

3. If you are filing Form G-639 to see the immigration records of someone besides you, that person must fill out this part of the form.

4. Enter the name, address, contact number, email address, date of birth and place of birth of the person who’s information you want to see.

5. Sign the form and agree to pay the costs for getting the information. You will also have to enter your name, address, telephone number and birth date if you are asking to see the records of someone besides you.

Form Filing Fee

Don’t pay the filing fee until the USCIS tells you to. You can pay the fee with a money order or a check. Do NOT send cash.

Supporting Documents

Your application packet has to include some supporting documents. The USCIS could ask you for additional documents with a Request for Evidence (RFE). You would need to follow the instructions on the RFE and send the additional documents. To prevent delays, you should respond to the RFE as soon as possible.

Where to File Your Form

There are four ways to file your form.

Email: uscis.foia@uscis.dhs.gov

Fax: to (816) 350-5785.

Regular mail:

National Records Center (NRC)

FOIA/PA Office, P.O. Box 648010

Lee’s Summit, MO 64064-8010

Overnight or certified mail:

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

National Records Center, FOIA/PA Office

150 Space Center Loop, Suite 300

Lee’s Summit, MO 64064-2139

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3 Ways to Immigrate to USA https://www.uscitizenship.info/articles/3-ways-to-immigrate-to-usa/ https://www.uscitizenship.info/articles/3-ways-to-immigrate-to-usa/#respond Tue, 09 Jul 2013 07:16:43 +0000 http://seo-articles.unitedimmigrationinc.com/usc/articles/?page_id=5691 Ways to Immigrate to USAUnited States is one of the most popular countries and it has been drawing the attention of foreigners for ages. Many wish to relocate to the United States and it is the dream country for many. There are several reasons why foreign nationals select America when it comes to immigration.

United States is made up of immigrants and people believe that the country offers lots of opportunities. However, it is not so easy to immigrate to the United States. There are different ways to immigrate to the USA and the ones looking to immigrate, must be aware of the requirements and the options.

One can immigrate to America and get a US Green Card, by securing a job in the country. This option is open to highly skilled foreign nationals. United States is short of skilled workers in science, technology, engineering, maths and few other fields. Hence, US employers who are in short supply of workers can hire foreign workers and sponsor them for lawful status.

The other way most people choose to immigrate to the United States is through marriage. This is one of the easiest ways and foreign nationals who get married to US citizens can easily get Green Cards.

Green Card lottery is the other way through which you can get an immigrant visa and get into the United States. This is a program that the US Congress conducts every year and this program is open to people who are citizens of under-represented countries.

Do you have a family member in the United States?

Green Card through FamilyYou can immigrate to America if you are a family member of a US citizen or a permanent resident. That family member must however, be willing to sponsor you financially and for lawful status. To sponsor you, your family member must file Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative. You can easily immigrate to your dream country if you are a US citizen’s immediate relative as there are no annual caps on the number of immigrant visas issued to the spouses, minor children and parents of US citizens.

Married adult children and siblings of US citizens also can immigrate to the USA through family based immigration but they cannot immediately get immigrant visas. They will be put on a waiting list and the wait time for them to obtain Green Cards will depend on their home countries, the visa availability and on their marital status.

You can get an immigrant visa, if your spouse or your parent is a permanent resident of the United States. Immediate relatives of permanent residents will have to wait for few years to immigrate to the country as immigrant visas will not be immediately made available to them. If you are a permanent resident’s spouse or a child, you can get a Green Card but you need to wait and the wait time will depend on your country of citizenship.

You can immigrate to the United States through family based immigration, if

  • you are a US citizen’s spouse, parent or child.
  • you are a US citizen’s unmarried child (above age of 21), married child or a sibling.
  • you are the spouse or minor child of a Green Card holder.

Are you highly-skilled and do you have a job offer in America?

Employment Based Green CardIf family based immigration is not the best option for you, you can go for employment based immigration. But this may not be applicable to everyone. You need to possess specific job skills and a US employer must be willing to hire you and sponsor you for a Green Card. You need to hold a college degree in a specialty occupation and the US employer who is offering you a permanent job must be willing to file applications and paperwork for a labor certification. The sponsoring employer must also pay the legal fees for you. You can easily get a Green Card if a US employer sponsors you, but you may have to wait for few years to get a permanent resident card.

You can become a permanent resident if you are an investor and if you invest $1 million in a US business venture. This is one of the quickest ways to immigrate to the USA.

Through the following ways you can immigrate to the United States based on a job offer.

Green Card through an employment offer : In this case, a US employer must file Form I-140 and sponsor you.

Green Card based on investment : To get an investment based Green Card, you need to make a significant investment in a business venture in America.

Green Card through self petition : This is meant for “Aliens of Extraordinary Ability” and for people who have been granted National Interest Waivers. Such individuals can petition for themselves and get Green Cards.

Permanent resident status through special categories of jobs : There are certain specialized jobs and if you manage to get one such job in America, you can get a US Green Card.

Green Card Lottery

Green Card LotteryAny foreign national who belongs to an under-represented country, can take part in this Diversity Visa lottery program. This program helps people who do not have job offers or relatives in America, to sponsor them for US Green Cards, to immigrate to the United States. Every year 50,000 Green Cards are being issued to people who take part and win the Green Card lottery program. If you do not qualify for a family based or an employment based Green Card, you can go for the Green Cad lottery. But remember that your country of citizenship must be in the list of countries that are eligible to take part in this program. Moreover, you need to meet other eligibility requirements to take part in this program.

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How to Get My Family to the U.S.? https://www.uscitizenship.info/articles/how-to-get-my-family-to-the-u-s/ https://www.uscitizenship.info/articles/how-to-get-my-family-to-the-u-s/#respond Fri, 12 Apr 2013 08:44:13 +0000 http://seo-articles.unitedimmigrationinc.com/usc/articles/?page_id=4099 How to Get My Family to the U.S.The process of sponsoring your family member for lawful status in America will depend on your immigration status and if you are a US citizen, you can bring your spouse, parents, children and your siblings to the United States and if you are a Green Card holder, you can bring your spouse and your children to the United States. To help your family members to immigrate to America, you will have to file immigrant petitions for each relative you wish to bring to America. Hence, the first step is filing Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative and this petition must be completed and signed by you as you are the sponsor. After you complete the form, you need to file it along with a proof of your relationship, proof of your citizenship status and the form filing fee.

As you are a US citizen, your immediate relatives need not wait for a long time to file petitions for immigrant visas as they can bypass the waiting lists and apply for immigrant visas as soon as you file From I-130. Your immediate relatives who can enjoy this benefit, are your parents, spouse and unmarried children. But the other family members will be placed on a waiting list and they can file applications for immigrant visas only after the USCIS approves the immigrant petition filed by you. After Form I-130 is approved, you will have to file Form I-864, Affidavit of Support and establish that you will financially support your family member. If you are Green Card holder, you can file petitions to sponsor your spouse and your children. There is no difference in the form filing process and you must file Form I-130 for each relative you wish to bring to America. However, the waiting time may differ and the relatives of US citizens will be given first priority and the relatives of Green Card holders will have to wait for a long time.

Similarly, you need to remember that, your relative must file an application for an immigrant visa only if he/she is in a foreign country while you file Form I-130. This process is called consular processing and this applies only to relatives who are abroad. If your immediate relative is in a foreign country, he/she must apply for an immigrant visa in a consular office in that foreign country and travel to America as a permanent resident after getting an immigrant visa. In this case, your immediate relatives can file for immigrant visas as soon as you file Form I-130 while the other relatives will have to wait until the USCIS approves Form I-130 and until immigrant visa numbers become available, to apply for immigrant visas.

The process may not be so complicated, if you are filing Form I-130 for your immediate relative who is a non-immigrant. In this case, your relative can file an application for adjustment of status and change his/her status to immigrant status and get a Green Card, while in America and Form I-485 for adjustment of status can be filed concurrently along with Form I-130. But this does not apply to the other categories of relatives and such relatives must wait until the immigrant petitions are approved and then file applications for adjustment of status.

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I-601A Form Facts https://www.uscitizenship.info/articles/i-601a-form-facts/ https://www.uscitizenship.info/articles/i-601a-form-facts/#respond Wed, 10 Apr 2013 10:37:38 +0000 http://seo-articles.unitedimmigrationinc.com/usc/articles/?page_id=4044 Immediate relatives of US citizens who have overstayed their non-immigrant visas and who have accumulated a certain period of unlawful presence in America, can file Form I-601A, Application for Provisional Unlawful Presence Waiver, while in America and obtain unlawful presence waivers and apply for immigrant visas. Immediate relatives of US citizens who are in the United States and who are looking forward to become lawful residents, can apply for and receive waivers while in America and then return to their home countries for consular processing. Spouses, parents and children of US citizens, who have accrued unlawful presence in America, can apply for this waiver while in America and they need not return to their home countries to file applications. This waiver will help the individuals who are inadmissible into the country due to unlawful presence. Such immediate relatives of US citizens may not be separated from their US citizen relatives for a long time as they just need to travel to their home countries to appear for immigrant visa interviews and to get their visas. However, this process will only shorten the time the immediate relatives are separated from their US citizen family members and it will not change the immigrant visa process.

Who is Eligible for this Waiver?

Immediate relatives of US citizens must meet few eligibility requirements in order to become eligible for provisional unlawful presence waivers. They cannot file Form I-601A, if they are minors and only the immediate relatives of US citizens who are above age 17 can apply for waivers. Likewise, waivers may not be granted to the relatives who belong to the preference categories and this provisional unlawful presence waiver is meant only for the immediate relatives of US citizens. Moreover, Form I-130 filed on behalf of the applicants must not be pending and the immediate relatives of US citizens cannot apply for waivers, if immigrant visa interviews were scheduled for them before 3rd January, 2013. If the applicants are inadmissible into America for some other reason other than unlawful presence, they cannot apply for this waiver. Applicants must also establish that their US citizens relatives would suffer extreme hardship if they are separated from them.

Filing Form I-601A

If you believe that you are eligible for an unlawful presence waiver, you may file Form I-601A and you will have to use the edition of the form bearing the date 03/04/13 and mail it to the Chicago Lockbox facility. The form filing fee is $585 and you must also pay $85 for biometric services, along with the form filing fee. The form is self explanatory and you can complete Form I-601A online, on your computer and you may print the completed form and mail it with the relevant supporting documents and the exact form filing fees to the right service center. See to that you do not skip important parts of the form and that you do not leave the form fields blank. Incomplete forms will be returned and remember that you cannot file Form I-601A concurrently with any other form.

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Do I Have to Leave the United States to File Form I-485? https://www.uscitizenship.info/articles/do-i-have-to-leave-the-united-states-to-file-form-i-485/ https://www.uscitizenship.info/articles/do-i-have-to-leave-the-united-states-to-file-form-i-485/#respond Thu, 04 Apr 2013 12:15:51 +0000 http://seo-articles.unitedimmigrationinc.com/usc/articles/?page_id=3910 You need not return to your home country to file Form I-485 for adjustment of status and this immigration process is meant for the non-immigrants who are already in the United States and who are eligible for lawful status in America. If you manage to get a sponsor in the United States while in the country as a non-immigrant, you may go for adjustment of status as this process will permit you to become a lawful resident and you may not be required to go to your home country to apply for adjustment of status. However, you may not qualify for adjustment of status if you are in a foreign country and in this case you need to go through a process called consular processing.

Only if you are already in the United States and if you are eligible for a US Green Card through family or employer sponsorship, you can file Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status, for adjustment of status and in this case, you need not apply for an immigrant visa. If you hold a valid non-immigrant US visa and if your relative or a US employer sponsors you and files an immigrant petition for you, you may apply for adjustment of status after the immigrant petition is approved. This is a process through which you can get a Green Card while in America.

For some family based categories, visa numbers will always be available and if you belong to one such category, you may file Form I-485, while your family member files Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative, for you and you need not wait until the USCIS approves Form I-130. But if you belong to some other category, you will be put in waiting lines and you may file Form I-485 only after a visa number becomes available. You may also apply for adjustment of status, if you have been living in the United States as an asylee or a refugee for a year or more. After your petition for adjustment of status is approved, you will be granted lawful status.

But you need to remember that, you can apply for adjustment of status, only if you are in the United States and you need to go though consular processing if you are abroad. If you are abroad, you will have to apply for an immigrant visa in a US Consulate in your home country and then travel to America with that immigrant visa. If you leave the United States, while the immigrant petition filed on your behalf is pending, you cannot apply for adjustment of status and you will have to apply for an immigrant visa and wait in your home country until your petition is approved. Adjustment of status process will permit you to adjust your non-immigrant status to immigrant status and obtain a Green Card. Hence, you need not leave the United States, to file Form I-485.

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Guides to Filing the I-130 Immigration Petition https://www.uscitizenship.info/articles/guides-to-filing-the-i-130-immigration-petition/ https://www.uscitizenship.info/articles/guides-to-filing-the-i-130-immigration-petition/#respond Mon, 01 Apr 2013 10:45:35 +0000 http://seo-articles.unitedimmigrationinc.com/usc/articles/?page_id=3826 Guides to Filing the I-130 Immigration PetitionUS citizens and Green Card holders can both sponsor their family members for lawful status in America and the US citizens can sponsor their parents, spouses, children and their siblings but the Green Card holders can only sponsor their immediate relatives for lawful status in America. US citizens and Green Card holders who wish to help their family members to immigrate to America must file Form I-130 for the relatives who they wish to sponsor.

You may complete the immigration petition, Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative, online. You must download the petition, complete it and then file it on behalf of the relative who you wish to sponsor. You should complete all the fields of the form and make sure that you do not file an incomplete petition. Moreover, you need to remember that all the supporting documents must be in English and you need to submit the supporting documents with translations, if the documents are not in English. Likewise, the correct filing fee of $420, must be paid.

Your petition must not be incomplete and enter your name and other information about yourself in Part A and the name of your home country in Part B. Name, address and few other details about the beneficiary must be entered in Part C. You must not skip any part of the petition and your application must contain all the required information. You need to carefully assemble your application package and make sure that you have answered all the questions and that you have affixed your signature. Similarly, check the supporting documents and see to that your application package contains the required form filing fee. Moreover, it is recommended to retain copies of forms that you file with the USCIS.

Your application package must contain all the required supporting documents and if you are filing this form for your spouse, you will have to attach with your immigration petition, copies of your marriage certificate, your birth or naturalization certificates, birth certificates of children with your name and the name of your spouse and other relevant documentation to prove that you are still married to your spouse and that your marriage is not a marriage of convenience. Likewise, you need to attach copies of your birth or naturalization certificates and birth certificate of your child, with your name, to Form I-130, if you wish to sponsor your child. If you wish to bring your parent to America, you will have to file Form I-130, along with copies of few documents such as your birth certificate, naturalization certificate or your US passport and your birth certificate with the name of your parent, who you wish to sponsor.

You need to mail the completed form to the Chicago or Phoenix Lockbox facility and you may check the form instructions page for information on filing addresses. US citizens who are abroad may mail their petitions to the Chicago Lockbox facility and if they are in countries with USCIS offices, they may file their petitions with the offices in those foreign countries.

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Can I File Form I-130 for My Brother? https://www.uscitizenship.info/articles/can-i-file-form-i-130-for-my-brother/ https://www.uscitizenship.info/articles/can-i-file-form-i-130-for-my-brother/#respond Tue, 19 Mar 2013 08:56:50 +0000 http://seo-articles.unitedimmigrationinc.com/usc/articles/?page_id=3518 Can I File Form I-130 for My Brother?Native Americans and naturalized US citizens can both bring their family members such as their spouses, parents, children and siblings to America and help them to obtain lawful status in the country. You can file Form I-130 for your brother and help him to immigrate to America through family-based immigration. You being the sponsor, must file Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative, for your brother, according to the instructions and your brother must meet the eligibility requirements and must be admissible into the country.

However, you cannot sponsor your brother if you are a minor and if you are not above age 21. Similarly, you will have to provide few supporting documents and establish that a relationship exists between you and the beneficiary, your brother. At the same time, you may not be able to sponsor your brother if you are a lawful resident and if you are yet to naturalize. If you are still a permanent resident, you may sponsor your spouse and children for US Green Cards and you may sponsor your parents and siblings after you obtain US citizenship.

However, this process involves few different steps and the first thing that you must do is to file Form I-130. After you file this petition and after it is approved, your brother must file a petition for an immigrant visa in an overseas consulate or embassy and your brother may be required to wait for few years as the petitions filed for relatives who belong to the preference categories may not be processed sooner. He can file a petition for an immigrant visa only after a visa becomes available and after being notified by the consular officers. Nevertheless, if your brother is already in America, he can file Form I-485 after a visa number becomes available and become a Green Card holder through adjustment of status. Along with Form I-130, you must also file Form I-864, Affidavit of Support, to establish that you will financially sponsor your brother.

Prior to filing your petition, you need to make sure that you meet the eligibility requirements to file Form I-130. Supporting documents that would help you to establish your relationship must be submitted. You will have to submit copies of your and your sibling’s birth certificates and the names of your parents must be printed on those certificates. You will have to provide documentary evidence to prove that you are a US citizen and you may submit copies of your US passport, citizenship certificate, naturalization certificate or your birth certificate, if you are native American.

If your brother is married, his spouse and his children below age 21 can be included in the same petition. After your brother gets into the United States through family-based immigration, he can accept employment in the country and apply for US citizenship later on. Similarly, after receiving a Green Card, your brother must understand his rights and responsibilities and retain his Green Card.

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Can a K1 Visa Holder Apply for Adjustment of Status? https://www.uscitizenship.info/articles/can-a-k1-visa-holder-apply-for-adjustment-of-status/ https://www.uscitizenship.info/articles/can-a-k1-visa-holder-apply-for-adjustment-of-status/#respond Wed, 13 Mar 2013 10:10:36 +0000 http://seo-articles.unitedimmigrationinc.com/usc/articles/?page_id=3376 K visas are meant for the fiancé(e)s of US citizens and their minor children. To sponsor their spouses, US citizens must file Form I-129F, Petition for Alien Fiancé(e), on behalf of their fiancé(e)s. The fiancé(e)s of US citizens who enter into America on K-1 visas can apply for adjustment of status but they can do that only after they get married to the US citizens who filed Form I-129F for them. If an immigrant petition was filed for you by a US citizen and if you had entered into America as a K-1 non-immigrant, you will become eligible for adjustment of status. Nevertheless, you can file Form I-485 for adjustment of status and obtain a Green Card, only after you get married to the US citizen who sponsored you and that must be done within 90 days of admission. You can apply for adjustment of status, if an immigrant visa is available and you need not worry about the availability of visas as the spouses of US citizens will not be put on waiting lists.

You need to marry your US citizen fiancé(e) within 90 days of entry into the country and you will become eligible for adjustment of status only after getting married. You will be placed in removal proceedings, if you fail to get married within 90 days and you cannot adjust your status through any other means. That is because, K-1 fiancé(e) visas are valid only for 90 days and the fiancé(e)s who get into the country on these K-1 visas will have to get married within that 90 day window, in order to remain in the country and to apply for adjustment of status. After getting married, you can file Form I-485 and change your non-immigrant status to immigrant status.

You need to submit Form G-325A, Biographic Information and Form I-864, Affidavit of Support along with Form I-485. Similarly, you may also file Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization and Form I-131, Application for Travel Document, if you seek to work in America or travel abroad while your adjustment of status application is pending. You need to file Form I-485 along with a copy of your marriage certificate, Form I-94, Arrival/Departure record and the fiancé(e) visa petition approval notice. Similarly, you will also be required to appear for an interview and will be required to bring with you few documents to the interview. You may bring original documents and copies of those original documents as the USCIS officers may verify the original documents and keep the copies of those documents with them. After your adjustment of status application is adjudicated, you will be notified about the decision by mail and if your petition is approved, your permanent resident card will be mailed to you.

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Adjustment of Status for the Spouse of a Permanent Resident https://www.uscitizenship.info/articles/adjustment-of-status-for-the-spouse-of-a-permanent-resident/ https://www.uscitizenship.info/articles/adjustment-of-status-for-the-spouse-of-a-permanent-resident/#respond Tue, 05 Mar 2013 08:01:50 +0000 http://seo-articles.unitedimmigrationinc.com/usc/articles/?page_id=3195 Adjustment of Status for the Spouse of a Permanent ResidentGenerally, United States citizens are permitted to bring their family members to the United States and to sponsor them for US Green Cards. The country also grants this privilege to the Green Card holders and the foreign nationals who are granted lawful permanent resident status also can sponsor their immediate relatives and help them to obtain Green Cards. United States permits the permanent residents to sponsor their relatives for lawful status in order to promote family unity. But the Green Card holders cannot petition for and sponsor different categories of relatives who the US citizens are permitted to sponsor and they can only sponsor their spouses and children and to sponsor them, they must file Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative.

While filing this form, Green Card holders must submit copies of certain documents and proof of lawful status in the country. If they are sponsoring their spouses, they must submit copies of their marriage certificates to prove that a relationship exists and copies of birth certificates, while filing petitions for their children and they need to go through the form instructions page for information on supporting documents. However, Green Card holders must submit copies of their Green Cards, while filing Form I-130 for their spouses and children. Spouses who are in America at the time of filing Form I-130, can change their status to immigrant status by filing Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status, after the approval of Form I-130.

There are four preference categories and the Green Card holders can sponsor their spouses under the second preference category. Under the second preference category (2A), they can sponsor their spouses and minor children and under the second preference category (2B), Green Card holders can sponsor their unmarried adult children. Spouses of Green Card holders will be put on waiting lists and they will have to wait until visa numbers become available. But the immediate relatives of US citizens need not wait and applications filed by their US citizen immediate relatives will be processed sooner. But the immediate relatives of Green Card holders must at times, wait for years to immigrate to America.

Spouses currently outside America will have to go through consular processing and apply for immigrant visas at US consulates in their home countries. They can apply for immigrant visas only after the US consulate notifies them about the approval of their immigrant petitions. Those immigrant visas will permit them to travel to America as permanent residents and they can get Green Cards after getting into America. But this process is quite simple for the spouses who are currently in America and beneficiaries who are in America as non-immigrants can file Form I-485 for adjustment of status and change their non-immigrant status to immigrant status while in America.

Spouses who are eligible for adjustment of status need not go through consular processing. But they need to wait until their priority dates become current and only after that they can file for adjustment of status and in this case, their current non-immigrant visas must be valid until they reach the top of the waiting list. But the immediate relatives of US citizens, can apply for adjustment of status while their US citizen relatives file Form I-130 for them. After their adjustment of status applications are approved by the USCIS, they will be granted Green Cards and they can remain in America as lawful permanent residents along with their permanent resident spouses.

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What You Need to Know About the Family Based Immigration Forms? https://www.uscitizenship.info/articles/what-you-need-to-know-about-the-family-based-immigration-forms/ https://www.uscitizenship.info/articles/what-you-need-to-know-about-the-family-based-immigration-forms/#respond Thu, 28 Feb 2013 08:13:36 +0000 http://seo-articles.unitedimmigrationinc.com/usc/articles/?page_id=3096 People who seek to obtain immigration benefits will have to file certain immigration forms with the USCIS and there are a number of USCIS forms and each form is different and you will have to file the form that suits your need. Permanent residents are the foreign nationals who are granted the privilege to live permanently in the United States. If you look forward to obtain that status based on the fact that your family member is a US citizen, your relative who is a US citizen must file few family based immigration forms for you and establish that he has enough funds to support you financially, once you get into the United States. Hence, if you are a foreign national who seeks to immigrate based on sponsorship, you must know about the family based immigration forms.

Generally, a US citizen or a permanent resident who seeks to sponsor his/her family member, will have to file Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative, for the particular family member who he/she wishes to sponsor. This form must be completed, signed and filed by the sponsor for the beneficiary who is within the United States or abroad. The other common family based immigration form is Form I-485 and this form must be filed by the family member of the sponsoring US citizen who is in the United States, to adjust his or her status to lawful status in America.

Moreover, the sponsor must provide additional information about the beneficiary, that would help the FBI to conduct background checks and Form G-325A, Biographic Information, must be filed for that purpose. As the sponsors must support the beneficiaries financially, they must sign an affidavit and file Form I-864, Affidavit of Support, to prove that they would not allow the beneficiaries to become public charges. This is mandatory as the United States will not grant immigrant visas to foreign nationals who are likely to become public charges.

Likewise, family members of US citizens who have applied for adjustment of status can work in the United States while Form I-485 is pending and to work in the country, they must file Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, while filing Form I-485 for adjustment of status and obtain work permits. Beneficiaries who seek to obtain United States Green Cards through the adjustment of status process must undergo medical examinations and the approved doctors who conduct the medical examinations must complete Form I-693, Medical Examination of Aliens Seeking Adjustment of Status.

Adjustment of status applicants who seek to travel abroad while their petitions are pending, can file Form I-131, Application for Travel Document, at the time of filing Form I-485 and obtain travel documents. But the applicants must travel abroad only after their petitions for travel documents are approved. Hence, beneficiaries and sponsors must know about the family based forms and their purposes.

Following is a list of all the family based immigration forms.

Form G-325A, Biographic Information

Form I-129F, Petition for Alien Fiancé(e)

Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative

Form I-131, Application for Travel Document

Form I-134, Affidavit of Support

Form I-360, Petition for Amerasian, Widow(er), or Special Immigrant

Form I-361, Affidavit of Financial Support and Intent to Petition for Legal Custody for Public Law 97-Form 359 Amerasian

Form I-363, Request to Enforce Affidavit of Financial Support and Intent to Petition for Legal Custody for P.L. 97-359 Amerasian

Form I-508, Waiver of Rights, Privileges, Exemptions and Immunities (Under Section 247(b) of the INA)

Form I-566, Interagency Record of Request — A, G or NATO Dependent Employment Authorization or Change/Adjustment to/from A, G or NATO Status

Form I-600, Petition to Classify Orphan as an Immediate Relative

Form I-600A, Application for Advance Processing of Orphan Petition

Form I-693, Report of Medical Examination and Vaccination Record

Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization

Form I-800, Petition to Classify Convention Adoptee as an Immediate Relative

Form I-800A, Application for Determination of Suitability to Adopt a Child from a Convention Country

Form I-817, Application for Family Unity Benefits

Form I-864, Affidavit of Support Under Section 213A of the Act

Form I-864A, Contract Between Sponsor and Household Member

Form I-864EZ, Affidavit of Support Under Section 213A of the Act

Form I-864P, Poverty Guidelines

Form I-864W, Intending Immigrant’s Affidavit of Support Exemption

Form I-865, Sponsor’s Notice of Change of Address

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