The first step: submit a petition
US citizens and legally residing petitioners residing in the United States must submit Form I-130, Petition for Foreign Relatives, with USCIS. This can be done either electronically or through the traditional postal paper process.
To learn more about US Citizenship and Immigration Services administration and for access to forms and instructions, please click here.
Submission of applications from within the United States
US Citizens and Resident Legal Residents Sponsors Residing in the United States must Submit Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relatives, with a USCIS Chicago Lockbox facility, following instructions on the USCIS website. U.S. employers must submit Form I-140, Petition for Foreign Worker, according to the instructions on the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Administration website.
Submission of applications from outside the United States
While most immigrant visa petitions are filed in the United States, certain types of petitions can be filed outside the United States. Learn how to petition outside the United States.
Approve the petition
The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services bureau must approve your immigration petition before submitting your case to the National Visa Center.
Step 2: Pay the fees
The first thing you need to do after receiving a NVC welcome message is pay the processing fee. There are two processing fees:
Fee for processing an immigrant visa application
A statement of support fees
You will need a bank orientation number and an audit or savings account number from a U.S.-based bank.
To pay your fees, log in to your CEAC case and click the “Pay Now” button under the approval of support fees or IV fees on your summary page.
Step 4: Complete the support statement
A statement of support, also called Form I-864, is a document that an individual signs to accept the financial responsibility of the applicant who will come to live in the United States. The person who signs the support certificate is also called a “guarantor”. The applicant must complete the Form I-864; But if the applicantís income is insufficient, the joint sponsor may also agree to complete I-864 on behalf of the applicant.
The benefit statement is legally enforceable. Usually the sponsorís financial responsibility will continue until the applicant becomes a US citizen, or he can be credited with 40 qualified work quarters (usually 10 years) under the Social Security Act.
By signing the I-864 form, the petitioner (including any co-sponsor) agrees to use its resources, if necessary, to support the beneficiary and any dependent (or dependents) financially. If the beneficiary and dependents (dependents) receive any specific federal, state, or local public goods that have been tested by means, under US law, the agency providing the feature “must seek compensation” from the site at I-864.
Note: Please review the following information very carefully. Failure to complete and submit the correct form (s) will delay processing your case.
In general, the petitioner must:
A) complete a written statement of support; And
B) Gather evidence of its financial resources and other supporting documents (see step 5).
Fill out a written statement form
There are several types of support declaration forms (I-864, I-864EZ, and I-864A). For detailed information on requirements and forms for support declarations, please visit the USCIS website.
You can also find answers to common questions (FAQs) here. Use the information in these FAQs and on this webpage with, but not instead, detailed instructions for the USCIS website.
Please note: NVC Customer Service Representatives cannot notify you about the support certificate form that you must complete.
Poverty Guidance Calculator for 2020
Please use the following Poverty Guidance Calculator to help determine whether you meet the minimum care income and any I-864 (s) form to submit, in relation to the following table. This will also help you with the financial documents you may need to obtain in step 6. The results should be used for informational purposes only.
Please enter a value between 2 and 20 in the text field corresponding to the number of family members in your home. The minimum income requirements will be shown in the row below.
Step 5: Collect financial evidence and other supporting documents
After the sponsor (Malone) completes the Support Declaration Form, they must collect evidence of their financial resources and other supporting documents. Refer to the table below to learn more about what to offer.
Please remember: Each financial sponsor (the petitioner, any co-sponsor, and any family member) must provide a statement of support in addition to evidence of their financial resources and other supporting documents. Failure to do so will delay the processing of your condition.