If you are a U.S. citizen, who is filing a petition for a foreign relative then you should submit the following supporting documents with Form I-130:
- Copy of Birth Certificate, if you were born in U.S.
- Copy of Naturalization Certificate, if you naturalized as a U.S. Citizen.
- Copy of your U.S. passport.
If you are a Lawful Permanent Resident, who is filing a petition for a foreign relative then you should submit the following supporting documents with Form I-130:
- Copy of your Permanent Resident Card.
- If you have not received your Permanent Resident Card, submit a copy of the biographic page of your passport or any evidence from USCIS that you are a Lawful Permanent Resident.
- Copy of Birth Certificate showing the name of the child and parent, if applying for child or parent.
- Copy of adoption decree, if applying for adopted child or parent. (Form I-130 cannot be used if the adoption took place after the 16th birthday of the child).
- If applying for spouse:
*Passport style color photo of you (petitioner) and your spouse.
*Form G-325A for you (petitioner) and your spouse.
*Documents of Joint ownership or property.
*Copy of Birth Certificates of the children you (petitioner) and your spouse had together.
- Form I-864, Affidavit of Support.
Any foreign language document, should be translated in English by an authorized translator. If you or the relative have ever had a change of name, you must submit the court order of your legal name change.
The supporting documents with Form I-130 should be filed for each eligible relative. Carefully prepare the supporting documents, as this would make an easy way for the approval of your petition. Put all the documents in a large envelope and send them to the USCIS. Do not send the original documents to USCIS, unless you are asked to send. If you are requested to send the original documents, USCIS keeps a record of the original documents and returns them back to you. Have a copy of all the documents you send to USCIS, as you may need them for your reference.
USCIS processes the Form I-130 only after the visa number is made available. Therefore the eligible alien relative has to wait until the visa number is available, before filing for adjustment of status to a Lawful Permanent Resident.