If you are a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident and have applied for a family member to become a permanent resident of the United States, you know the importance of the Form I-130 being approved. After all, the approval of this form is an important step in the process of immigrating to the United States. If you have received the news that your Form I-130 has been approved, you may be wondering what steps to take next. In this blog post, we will discuss what you need to do after your Form I-130 is approved.
After I-130 is Approved, What’s Next?
Congratulations! Your Form I-130 has been approved and the immigrant visa petition has been sent to the National Visa Center (NVC). The NVC will then send you a packet of forms and instructions to complete and submit, including the Form DS-260 Immigrant Visa Electronic Application. It is important that you submit all required documents to the NVC prior to your interview. The interview will be conducted in person at your local U.S. embassy or consulate. During the interview, the consular officer will make a decision on whether or not to grant the immigrant visa.
If the immigrant visa is approved, the immigrant will have to pay the required fees and will be issued the visa. Once the immigrant visa is issued, the visa holder can enter the United States. We hope this article has been helpful in providing you with information on what to do if your Form I-130 is approved. The process can seem daunting, but it can be completed successfully with the right knowledge and a bit of patience.
What Happens after I-130 Approval
Receiving the Form I-797 from the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is a sign that your Form I-130 has been approved. Make sure to make a copy of the I-797 for your records and for any additional applications you may need.
If the I-130 has been approved for an immediate relative, they can then apply for a green card. If it is approved for a non-immediate relative, they must wait in the family preference line for a visa number to become available. It is important that your relative does not leave the country without consulting an attorney, as this may result in them abandoning the I-130.
The petitioner should contact the U.S. embassy or consulate in the relative’s home country to find out when a visa number is available. It is also important to contact the National Visa Center to check the status of the visa application. Additionally, the petitioner should check the Department of State’s website to stay up to date with the status of the visa.
Will They Contact Me Once the Petition is Approved?
Congratulations! You have made it to the next step in the immigration process after your Form I-130 has been approved. The National Visa Center (NVC) will be in contact with you soon to provide instructions and guidance on what you will need to do next. This includes collecting all the documents and forms needed for the application, paying the required fees, and scheduling an appointment with a consular officer.
The NVC will also be available to answer any questions you may have about the medical exams that may be required and the application process for obtaining a visa. It is important that you have current contact information on hand as well as any other relevant documents the NVC may ask for. Once the NVC has reviewed all the documents and forms, they will forward them to the applicable embassy or consulate for further processing.
The embassy or consulate will then contact you to arrange an interview where you will be asked questions regarding your Form I-130 application. It is important to be well prepared for this interview as it will determine the outcome of your case.
Immediate Relative Inside the United States
Once a Form I-130 has been approved, there are several steps necessary to bring your relative to the United States. The first step is to obtain a copy of the approved Form I-130 and save it for your records. Next, prepare the necessary documentation to apply for the visa. This includes filing Form I-485 to adjust the status of your relative to that of a lawful permanent resident, helping your relative complete Form I-765 to apply for a work permit, and filing Form I-131 to apply for a travel document. Additionally, make sure your relative has the necessary documents to enter the United States.
The next step is to attend the green card interview with a USCIS officer. Afterward, you will need to wait to receive the permanent resident card. By following the steps outlined above, you can successfully bring your relative to the United States and help them become a permanent resident. Once the Form I-130 is approved, you can begin the process of helping your relative obtain a visa to enter the country. With the right preparation and guidance, you can ensure that your relative has the best chance of a successful transition into the United States.