1. I-130 - Petition for Alien Relative
o $420 Filing Fee o Proof of the relationship o Could take up to 6 months
2. National Visa Center
o $318 Filing Fee, down from $492 earlier in 2012 o DS-230 or DS-260 - Depends on country (Mexico -DS-260) o I-864 Affidavit of Support - Petitioner makes enough for household to support beneficiary - I-864P (www.uscis.gov) has income guidelines o Usually 2-3 months, can be less - from NVC to Visa depends on country, transport of file, and how backlogged the Consulate is. From NVC to CDJ is about a month.
3. Visa appointment - US Consulate - Beneficiary's home country
o Moment cross the border, if more than 1 year of unlawful presence, trigger 10 year bar. Some exceptions so consult an immigration attorney. o Go in advance for biometrics (fingerprints) and medical exam o Submit application packet to Consulate, will be denied for inadmissibility (unlawful presence, fraud/misrepresentation, etc.) o Will be told available to submit a waiver
4. Centralized I-601 Filing in the US
o Mail I-601 and supporting documents with filing fee (can be the day after the visa appt) o $585 Filing Fee o Est time is 6 months but currently taking 2 months, demand has increased so 6 months is likely d. Will receive receipt notice soon after submission
5. Connect Waiver Approval with US Consulate and obtaining Visa
o Waiver approval needs to travel to Consulate, consulate needs to request passport and possibly update medical exam if out of date. o Beneficiary might have to travel to Consulate or might be able to DHL passport and requirement. o Enter US with visa; legal permanent resident card (green card) will come in the mail about a month later.