Green Card Immediate Relative of U.S. Citizens

Frequently Asked Questions & Answers

11. Where can I get the forms and fee information?

You may download the Forms using VisaPro’s free fillable forms service.

12. What happens after I file the petition?

If your immediate relative is currently in the U.S., he or she may be eligible to file Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or to Adjust Status, at the same time as you file Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative.

You will be notified by the USCIS if your I-130 petition is approved or denied. If it is approved and your immediate relative is outside the U.S., he or she will be notified to go to the local U.S. consulate to complete his or her visa processing. If your parent is legally inside the U.S. and did not file the Form I-485 Application concurrently with your petition, he or she may file at this time.

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13. How can I appeal if my petition is denied?

If the visa petition you filed for your immediate relative is denied, the denial letter will tell you how to appeal and when you must file the appeal. After your appeal form and a required fee are processed, the appeal will be referred to the Board of Immigration Appeals.