When filing for family-based immigration, understanding the associated costs is essential. The Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative, carries a filing fee of $535. It is the initial form submitted by U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents to establish their relationship with a foreign national they wish to sponsor for a green card.
In contrast, Form I-130A, Supplemental Information for Spouse Beneficiary, complements the I-130 specifically for a spouse seeking a marriage-based green card. There is no separate fee when the I-130A is filed concurrently with the I-130. It’s important to note that the I-130A cannot be filed as a standalone form and does not add to the cost when combined with the I-130.
Further costs may arise with Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status, which the beneficiary of the I-130 petition filed when they seek to adjust their status to that of a lawful permanent resident. The fee for Form I-485 varies extensively based on age, eligibility category, and whether the applicant is filing with a parent or as a special immigrant. Applicants should consult the latest USCIS fee schedule for the most accurate information.
Here is a simplified fee breakdown:
- Form I-130: $535
- Form I-130A: $0 (when filed with Form I-130)
- Form I-485: Varies (consult USCIS fee schedule)
It is advised to check the USCIS website for the most current information regarding the fees, as they are subject to change. Applicants should also consider additional costs, such as biometrics fees or potential legal representation, in their overall budget for the immigration process.