Simultaneous Success: Mastering the Art of Concurrent Filing

Concurrent filing in a family-based immigration application typically involves submitting multiple forms and supporting documents simultaneously. The specific process can vary depending on the type of family-based immigration petition you are filing, such as a marriage-based or a parent-child sponsorship. Below is a general guide for concurrent filing:

  • Determine Eligibility:
    • Make sure you meet the eligibility requirements for the specific family-based immigration category you are applying for.
  • Identify the Petitioner and Beneficiary:
    • The petitioner is the U.S. citizen or permanent resident family member filing the petition.
    • The beneficiary is the foreign family member seeking immigration benefits.
  • Select the Correct Forms:
    • Each family-based immigration category requires specific forms. Commonly used forms include:
      • I-130, Petition for Alien Relative: Filed by the petitioner for family members (spouse, parent, child, etc.).
      • I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status: Filed by the beneficiary to adjust their status if they are already in the U.S.
  • Gather Supporting Documents:
    • Collect the necessary supporting documents for each form. This may include:
      • Passport-style photos.
      • Proof of the petitioner’s U.S. citizenship or permanent residency.
      • Proof of the family relationship (marriage certificate, birth certificates, etc.).
      • Affidavit of Support (Form I-864) if required.
  • Complete the Forms:
    • Fill out the forms accurately and completely. Follow the instructions provided by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
  • Submit Fees:
    • Pay the required filing fees for each form. Check the USCIS website or forms for the most up-to-date fee information.
  • Mail the Application:
    • Send the complete application package, including all forms and supporting documents, to the appropriate USCIS address. It’s advisable to use a trackable mail service.
  • Check Application Status:
    • After submission, regularly check the status of your application online using the USCIS case status tool.
  • Attend Biometrics Appointment:
    • If required, attend a biometrics appointment to provide fingerprints and other necessary information.
  • Attend Interviews (if applicable):
    • The USCIS may schedule interviews for certain family-based immigration categories. Be prepared to attend interviews as required.
  • Receive Decision:
    • USCIS will notify you of the decision regarding your application. If approved, the beneficiary may receive a green card.

Form I-129F Instructions, How to Fill Out

Form I-129F, Petition for Alien Fiancé(e), is used by U.S. citizens to bring their foreign fiancé(e) to the United States for the purpose of getting married. Here are general Form I-129F instructions:

1. Download the Form:

  • You can download Form I-129F from the official website of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)

2. Read the Instructions:

  • Before you start filling out the form, carefully read the instructions provided with the form. The instructions contain valuable information on eligibility criteria, required documents, and detailed guidance on each section of the form.

3. Gather Required Documents:

  • Collect all necessary supporting documents, such as proof of U.S. citizenship, passport-style photos, evidence of meeting in person, and any other supporting evidence relevant to your case.

4. Complete Form I-129F:

  • Fill out the form accurately and completely. Use black ink and write clearly. If a question does not apply to you, mark it as “N/A” (not applicable) or write “None,” unless otherwise instructed.

Section-by-Section Guide:

  • Part 1 – Information About You (Petitioner):
    • Provide your personal information, including your full name, address, date of birth, and contact information.
  • Part 2 – Information About Your Beneficiary (Fiancé(e)):
    • Provide your fiancé(e)’s personal information, including full name, address, date of birth, and contact information.
  • Part 3 – Additional Information About You (Petitioner):
    • Answer questions regarding your marital history, children, and criminal history. Be truthful and provide complete information.
  • Part 4 – Information About Your Previous Marriage(s):
    • If applicable, provide details about your previous marriages.
  • Part 5 – Other Information:
    • Answer additional questions about your eligibility and any additional information that may be relevant to your case.
  • Part 6 – Petitioner’s Statement, Contact Information, Declaration, and Signature:
    • Review the petitioner’s statement, provide your contact information, sign, and date the form.

5. Check for Accuracy:

  • Carefully review the completed form to ensure accuracy. Any errors or incomplete information could delay the processing of your petition.

6. Assemble Supporting Documents:

  • Organize the supporting documents according to the checklist provided in the form instructions.

7. Submit the Form:

  • Mail the completed Form I-129F and supporting documents to the USCIS address specified in the form instructions.

8. Pay the Filing Fee:

  • Include the required filing fee with your application. Check the USCIS website for the most up-to-date fee information.

9. Wait for USCIS Processing:

  • After submission, USCIS will process your petition. You will receive a receipt notice with a case number, which you can use to track the status of your case online.

How to apply for Advance Parole

Advance Parole is a travel document that allows certain foreign nationals, who are in the process of adjusting their status in the United States, to re-enter the country after traveling abroad. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to apply for Advance Parole:

1. Determine Eligibility:

  • You are generally eligible for Advance Parole if you are in the United States and have:
    • Applied for and have a pending Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status.
    • Temporary Protected Status (TPS).
    • Refugee or asylum status and have a valid Form I-512, Authorization for Parole of an Alien into the United States.

2. Complete Form I-131:

  • Download and complete Form I-131, Application for Travel Document, from the official USCIS website: Form I-131
  • Read the instructions carefully to understand the requirements for filing and the supporting documentation needed.

3. Gather Supporting Documents:

  • Include the required supporting documents with your Form I-131 application. Common documents may include a copy of the Form I-485 receipt notice, evidence of refugee or asylum status, or other relevant documents based on your eligibility category.

4. Pay the Filing Fee:

  • Check the USCIS website for the current filing fee for Form I-131. Include the appropriate fee with your application. Some applicants may be eligible for a fee waiver.

5. Submit the Application:

  • Mail the completed Form I-131, along with supporting documents and the filing fee, to the address specified in the form instructions. Make a copy of the entire application package for your records.

6. Receive a Receipt Notice:

  • Once USCIS receives your application, they will issue a receipt notice. This notice confirms that your application has been received and provides a case number. You can use this case number to check the status of your application online.

7. Attend Biometrics Appointment (if required):

  • USCIS may schedule you for a biometrics appointment to collect fingerprints, photographs, and a signature.

8. Wait for USCIS Processing:

  • USCIS will review your application, conduct any necessary background checks, and make a decision. Processing times can vary, so check the USCIS website for the most up-to-date information.

9. Receive the Travel Document:

  • If your application is approved, USCIS will issue the Advance Parole travel document. It typically looks like a small card and includes your photo.

10. Use Advance Parole for Travel:

  • Once you have the Advance Parole document, you can use it to travel abroad. Ensure that you return to the United States before the expiration date on the document.

Important Tips:

  • Advance Parole is not guaranteed, and traveling without it while your adjustment of status is pending can have serious consequences. Consult with an immigration attorney if you have concerns about your eligibility or the application process.
  • Keep in mind that immigration policies and procedures may change, so always refer to the latest guidance on the official USCIS website.

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