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
In addition consular officers and USCIS officers overseas are accepting
the petitions from individuals who do not live abroad in cases:
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.
- 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.
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