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Top 5 Most Common Mistakes Filing I-130

Top 5 Most Common Mistakes Filing I-130

Immigration applications are complex and can have a significant impact on your life. It is important to be careful when filling out these applications to avoid making mistakes that could delay or even deny your application. A mistake on your Form I-130 and other immigration paperwork can hurt your future and delay or end your chances of living in the United States. 

Here are some reasons why you should be careful filling out immigration applications:

  • Immigration applications are complex.
    There are many different types of immigration applications, each with its own set of requirements. It is important to understand the requirements for the specific application you are filing.
  • Mistakes can delay or deny your application.
    Even a small mistake on an immigration application can delay or even deny your application. It is important to carefully review your application before submitting it.
  • A denied application can have a negative impact on your life.
    A denied application can make it difficult to travel to the United States, work in the United States, or even live in the United States. It is important to take the time to fill out your application correctly to avoid a denial.

What Is Form 1-130?

Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative, is a form submitted to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) by a United States citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident petitioning for an immediate or close relative intending to immigrate to the United States. It is one of numerous USCIS immigration forms.

The I-130 petition is the first step in the process for a foreign national to obtain a green card through a family-sponsored immigration petition. Once the I-130 petition is approved, the beneficiary can then apply for an immigrant visa at a U.S. embassy or consulate abroad, or for adjustment of status to permanent resident if they are already in the United States.

Top 5 Most Common Mistakes Filing Form I-130

The top 5 most common mistakes when filing Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative, are:

  1. Not meeting the eligibility requirements.
    To be eligible to file an I-130 petition, you must be a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident and the beneficiary must be your spouse, child, parent, or sibling.
  2. Not providing the required documentation.
    The I-130 petition requires a variety of documentation to prove your relationship to the beneficiary and your eligibility to file the petition. This documentation may include birth certificates, marriage certificates, divorce decrees, and proof of U.S. citizenship or lawful permanent residence.
  3. Making errors on the petition form.
    The I-130 petition is a complex form and it is important to carefully review it before submitting it. Any errors on the form can result in a denial.
  4. Not paying the filing fee.
    If you do not pay the filing fee, your petition will be denied.
  5. Not filing the petition with the correct agency.
    Form I-130 is filed with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). If you file the petition with the wrong agency, it will be returned to you.

If you are considering filing an I-130 petition, it is important to speak with an immigration attorney to discuss your specific situation and to ensure that your petition is filed correctly.

By following these tips, you can help to ensure that your I-130 petition is filed correctly and that you avoid making any mistakes.

Don’t Risk Your Future: Hire An Immigration Lawyer To File Your Form I-130
Hiring an immigration lawyer is your best chance to get your Form I-130 approved. Hiring an immigration lawyer can give you the peace of mind knowing that your petition is being handled by a qualified professional and help you avoid mistakes that could delay or even deny your petition.

If you are considering filing a Form I-130, call the experienced immigration attorneys at Godoy Law Office by contacting our office at 630-912-0322. 

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