How long does it take for an immigrant petition to be approved? After filing Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative, the approval process can take anywhere from 5 to 12 months for immediate relatives and could take several years for family preference categories. This is an approximation. It may be shorter for some and longer for others.
What is an immigrant visa? An immigrant visa is issued to a foreign national who intends to live and work permanently in the United States. In most cases, a relative or employer sponsors the individual by filing an application with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
Who can file an immigrant petition? U.S. citizens and lawful permanent resident petitioners residing in the United States must file Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative, with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). This can be done either electronically or through the traditional paper process through the mail.
How much is a petition for immigration?
|Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative||$535|
|*Form I-485, Adjustment of Status||$1,140|
|Biometrics (Fingerprints and Photo)||$85|
|Form I-693, Immigration Medical Exam||$0|