What Is Form I-130? – Andy Gene Strickland

What is form I-130? By Andy Gene Strickland

Form I-130 is a relative petition used to sponsor a qualifying relative to the United States.  Form I-130 is based upon familial “priority” and the date associated with it.  Andy Gene Strickland has filed hundreds of I-130 forms over the last twenty years:  Form I-130 is used for family immigration and broken down into the following categories:

Immediate Relatives (IR):  Husbands and wife’s of the US Citizens, Children of US Citizens, Parents of US citizens.  This category does not have a priority date because the numbers in this category are always available.

First: (F1) Unmarried Sons and Daughters of U.S. Citizens:  23,400 plus any numbers not required for fourth preference.

Second: Spouses and Children, and Unmarried Sons and Daughters of Permanent Residents:  114,200, plus the number (if any) by which the worldwide family preference level exceeds 226,000, plus any unused first preference numbers:

A. (F2A) Spouses and Children of Permanent Residents:  77% of the overall second preference limitation, of which 75% are exempt from the per-country limit;

B. (F2B) Unmarried Sons and Daughters (21 years of age or older) of Permanent Residents:  23% of the overall second preference limitation.

Third: (F3) Married Sons and Daughters of U.S. Citizens:  23,400, plus any numbers not required by first and second preferences.

Fourth: (F4) Brothers and Sisters of Adult U.S. Citizens:  65,000, plus any numbers not required by first three preferences.

I-130s petitions that fall into preference numbers 1-4 can have waiting periods because the number of visas available in each of these categories is limited.  Andy Gene Strickland is often asked if he can speed up this process.  The answer is we can’t.  Do not believe someone if they tell you the opposite.  In most I-130 categories the demand is greater than the supply and therefore a back log is created.  For example, the I-130 priority waiting period for the fourth preference is about 12-13 years usually.

And I-130 requires specific detailed information and need to be filled out properly and correctly.  Only an attorney or authorized DHS representative can give advise on these forms.  The I-130 forms the basis and building block for many different forms of immigration benefits and relief.  Do not allow someone who could be violating the law by providing you unlawful advice.  Retained the serviced of Andy Gene Strickland or another qualified individual to assist you.  The I-130 form has grown from just two pages to 12 pages.  Furthermore, form I-130A must be included with some petitions.

What is form I-130?

Check out this info from the USCIS:  https://www.uscis.gov/i-130  

Immigration Law Andy G. Strickland