After submitting Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative, for a spouse, the petitioner should prepare for the next stages of the immigration process, which involve the biometrics appointment, interview, and ongoing status checks.
Once USCIS has received the I-130 form, they will schedule a biometrics appointment for the foreign spouse. This is necessary for fingerprinting, photographing, and capturing a signature to conduct security checks and verify identity. The notice will detail the appointment’s date, time, and location. The spouse must attend the appointment; otherwise, the application may be delayed or denied.
If required, the couple will receive an interview notice. They must prepare for the interview by gathering all original documents submitted with the I-130 application and any additional evidence of the bona fide marriage, which may include photos, joint financial statements, and other relevant items. Being prepared and truthful during the interview is essential for the petition’s approval.
Status Updates and Inquiries
Applicants can check the status of their I-130 application online through the USCIS Case Status Online tool by entering their receipt number. For any concerns or if unreasonable delays occur, one can contact USCIS or seek the assistance of an immigration professional. It is also possible to set up case alerts to receive updates and notifications regarding changes in application status.