Bringing Your Parents to The US Legally

If you want to bring your parents to the US legally, you must be a U.S. citizen and at least 21 years old. The eligibility criteria and the steps you need to take will differ based on the circumstances. 

The steps that you need to take to petition to bring parents permanently to the United States include: 

Mother Living Outside U.S.

File form I-130. You need to submit your birth certificate that shows your name and your mother’s name along with the form. A copy of your U.S passport if you were not born in the United States or a certificate of naturalization. 

Father Living Outside U.S.

File form I-130. A copy of the birth certificates that shows your name and the names of both your parents. A copy of your U.S passport if you were not born in the United States or a certificate of naturalization. A copy of the civil certificate marriage of your parents. 

Father Lives Outside U.S. (You are born out of wedlock and NOT legitimized by your father until 18.)

File form I-130. A copy of the birth certificate that shows your name and the name of your father. A copy of your U.S passport if you were not born in the United States or a certificate of naturalization.

You need to prove a financial or emotional bond between you and your father. The bond should have existed before you reach the age of 21 or before you get married, whichever happens first. 

Father Lives Outside U.S. (You are born out of wedlock and GOT legitimized by your father before 18.)

File form I-130. A copy of the birth certificate that shows your name and the name of your father. A copy of your U.S passport if you were not born in the United States or a certificate of naturalization.

Provide evidence that you were legitimized before your 18th birthday. The legitimacy should have happened through a marriage of your natural parents as per the rules of your country or state or as per the laws of the country or state where your father lived. 

Petition Filed for Your Stepparent to Live in the U.S.

File form I-130. A copy of the birth certificate that shows the names of both your birth parents. You will need to file a copy of the marriage certificate of your stepparent to your birth parent. The marriage should have happened before your 18th birthday. 

Apart from this, you also need to file a copy of death certificates, divorce decrees, or annulment decrees that shows the previous marriage that your natural or step-parents entered into has ended legally. 

Petition Filed for Your Adoptive Parent to Live in the U.S.

File form I-130. Birth certificate copy. You will also need a copy of your naturalization certificate if you weren’t born in the U.S. A certified copy of the adoption certificate shows your adoption happened before your 16th birthday. 

You will need to provide a statement that shows the places and dates where you have lived with your adoptive parent. 

After filing the form and the requisite copies, you will get informed by the USCIS whether the petition has got accepted or not. If your petition gets denied, you can appeal to get it revoked. 

Voloshen Law Pennsylvania Will Help Bring Your Parents to the US Legally

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