Filling I-130 for my wife.

Asked about 2 years ago - West Lafayette, IN

I'm a US citizen by birth. I need to file I-130 to start the green card for my wife, she currently in the US as F1 visa. What documents does the USCIS need with this form in order to approve it. Do they need my wife birth certificate.

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  1. Neil Ian Fleischer

    Contributor Level 20


    Lawyers agree

    Answered . Yes, they need her birth cert and a translation. Is she filing the I-485 as well?
    For more info on the process please see

    Neil I Fleischer (513) 977-4209 Note: Neil Fleischer is an attorney licensed in the State... more
  2. Lalita Haran

    Contributor Level 14

    Answered . There are a lot of documents included with the I-130 petition and many of those are based on your specific case. I agree with most attorneys who advise you to seek help because I-130 for an F1 should be done right. Best wishes.
    Lalita Haran
    13295 Illinois St Ste 128
    Carmel IN 46032
    Ph: (317) 660-6174

  3. Inara Khashmati


    Contributor Level 13

    Answered . There is alot of documents to be submitted, if you are not hiring an attorney (which i think yoou should) read the instructions for I-130 and I-485, you can also file I-765 and I-131 and read the intructions for theses forms as well. There are more forms that have to be filed including affidavit of support. It will be very hard to explain everything that needs to be done here on Avvo.

  4. Rebecca T White

    Contributor Level 15

    Answered . If your wife is currently in the US as a student, you will likely want to file the I-130 immigrant visa and I-485 adjustment of status both at the same time. You will need your birth certificates, marriage certificate, any prior divorce decrees, and your tax returns. You will also need to show the good faith nature of your marriage and life together - typically using evidence of a shared residence and shared finances.

  5. Robert West

    Contributor Level 20

    Answered . You need alot more than an I-130. Go and consult a lawyer to discuss the process.

  6. David N Shomloo

    Contributor Level 12

    Answered . You will want to consult an experienced immigration attorney. Make sure you take your wife along! It is not just about the forms you file.

    The statement above is general in nature and does not constitute legal advice, as not all the facts are known. You... more

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