How to File Form I-130 Online
To file Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative, online, applicants must navigate a straightforward series of steps, from account creation to fee payment. Each step ensures a secure submission process through the USCIS official website.
Creating an Account
First, the petitioner needs to create a USCIS online account. This account facilitates secure communication with USCIS, tracks the application’s status, and provides a platform to receive notifications.
Completing the Form
Once logged in, the petitioner selects Form I-130 from the available forms and accurately completes it. All fields marked with an asterisk (*) are mandatory, and the information must match legal documents to avoid processing delays.
Submitting Supporting Documents
After completing the form, the petitioner must attach the required supporting documents. These documents must be clear, legible, and scanned copies of the originals. USCIS provides a specific list of required documents, such as proof of the petitioner’s citizenship and evidence of the familial relationship.
Paying the Filing Fee
The final step involves paying the necessary filing fee. The fee can be paid using a credit/debit card, bank withdrawal, or a USCIS pre-paid debit card. The petitioner must ensure that the payment goes through to prevent the rejection of the application.