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What Is An I-130 Approval?

An I-130 is a petition for a family-based immigrant visa that starts the process of getting a green card. Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative, is filed to establish an eligible family relationship with a foreign relative to inform (USCIS) that you intend to help that person obtain a green card (permanent residency) in the United States.

Approval of an I-130 petition is the first step for an immigrant to file an application for a green card (lawful permanent residence).

Watch: Chicago Immigration Attorney Explains What An I-130 Approval Means


In this video we are going to answer what does an I-130 approval mean?

An I-130 is a petition for a family-based immigrant visa. It kicks off the process of getting a green card.

Here are 5 points to know about an I-130 approval:

1. It Does Not Grant Lawful Permanent Residence—You become eligible for a green card classification as a legal permanent resident. However, you still must obtain either an Adjustment of Status or go through consular processing.

2. The petition is valid indefinitely until it is actually used to obtain a legal permanent residency or until the petition is revoked.

3. An approved petition that has already been used to obtain residency cannot be used a second time. In those circumstances, you need to file a second petition.

4. You must remain eligible at the time of this visa classification. This especially comes to play when you are subject to waiting for your priority date to become current.

5. No Additional Proof After Approval—Generally speaking once an I-130 petition is approved, an agency should not require additional proof of the bona fides of the petition when deciding on an Adjustment of Status.

If you have any further questions about the green card process, then call us for a consultation.

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