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Consular offices abroad resume accepting I130 petitions
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U.S. citizens, including members of the armed forces, who live abroad, may resume filing Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative, with an American embassy or consulate in countries where there is no U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) international office.

USCIS international offices will continue accepting I-130 petitions from U.S. citizens where the USCIS office is located in the country, without any problem.

In addition consular officers and USCIS officers overseas are accepting the petitions from individuals who do not live abroad in cases:
  • Involving true emergency situations, such as life and death or health and safety, or

  • Where allowing overseas filing would be in the national interest, such as facilitating the processing of petitions filed by U.S. military stationed overseas who are pending imminent transfer on orders.
USCIS and the Department of State worked together to implement procedures to ensure that the requirements of the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act are met.

The Department of State will consider for purposes of accepting Form I-130 is for U.S. citizen who has been living outside the United States for at least six months as “residing overseas”.

U.S. citizens must file their I-130 petitions with the appropriate service center in the United States, before traveling outside the United States temporarily, according to the instructions on the Form I-130.


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