The purpose of this Form is for a citizen or lawful permanent resident of the United States to establish the relationship to certain alien relatives who wish to immigrate to the United States.
Note: A separate form must be filed for each eligible relative. USCIS processes Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative, as a visa number becomes available. Filing and approval of an I-130 is only the first step in helping a relative immigrate to the United States. Eligible family members must wait until there is a visa number available before they can apply for an immigrant visa or adjustment of status to a lawful permanent resident.
To petition to bring your sibling (brother or sister) to live in the United States as a green card holder, you must be a U.S. citizen and at least 21 years of age. Permanent residents may not petition to bring siblings to live permanently in the United States.
To successfully complete the process, the U.S. citizen petitioner (i.e. the sponsor) must submit:
- A completed Form I-130. (Note: You do not need to file a separate Form I-130 for your sibling’s spouse or unmarried children under 21 years of age.)
- A copy of your birth certificate and a copy of your sibling’s birth certificate showing that you have at least one common parent.
- Evidence that you are a U.S. citizen, such as:
- A copy of your valid U.S. passport, OR
- A copy of your U.S. birth certificate, OR
- A copy of Consular Report of Birth Abroad, OR
- A copy of your naturalization certificate, OR
- A copy of your certificate of citizenship
Additional Documentation for Siblings through Adoption, Step Parents or Paternal Half-Siblings:
If you and your sibling are related through adoption, please also submit:
- A copy of the adoption decree(s) showing that the adoption took place before you or your sibling (the adopted child) became 16 years old.
- If you and your sibling are related through a step-parent, please also submit:
- Copies of documents showing that any prior marriage(s) of the natural parent and/or step-parent were legally terminated, AND
- A copy of the marriage certificate of the step-parent to the natural parent (age restrictions for meeting definition of step-child apply)
If you and your sibling have a common (biological) father but different mothers (i.e. you are paternal half-siblings), please also submit:
- Copies of the marriage certificates of the father to each mother, AND
- Copies of documents showing that any prior marriages of either your father or mothers were legally terminated.
Note: If your name or your sibling’s name has changed, please include proof of the legal name change (may include marriage certificate, divorce decree, adoption decree, court judgment of name change, etc.)
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