You can file Form I-730 for your relative refugee only if you received asylum in the US. Filing this application form is considered a benefit towards the person for which you’re filing it.
This form is necessary to simplify the process of receiving asylum for your immediate relatives, which can include your spouse and children under 21 years of age and unmarried.
Form I-730 instructions/checklist
Before filling out the form, check out the following:
- Check your eligibility for filing Form I-730.
USCIS specifies that you can file this form only if you were the main applicant for asylum from your family. That means that you were an adult and you applied for asylum on your own. Another key requirement is that you were granted asylum within the last 2 years. If you obtained asylum more than 2 years ago, do not file this form. Instead, your relative will have to file the form I-589 on their own and wait until USCIS consider their request.
- Check the eligibility of your relative.
USCIS specifies that only your immediate relatives are eligible for receiving this benefit. You must not file this application if you child was born on the US territory – they’re already a US citizen in that case. And if you want to file this form for several relatives, then you must create a separate form for each of them.
- Gather your evidence.
You need to have substantial evidence to prove your right to file Form I-730. First, you need to submit the document that USCIS issued in your name confirming you received asylum.
Additionally, for your husband or wife, you need to provide a valid marriage certificate. And in case you file the petition for your child, provide a valid birth certificate.
Form I-730 fee/pricing
Form I-730 processing time
The processing time for Form I-730 is about half a year, although there are no guarantees.
Form I-730 mail address/where to send
Depending on the state where you reside, you need to file the asylum application to different offices. Consult the next table for more information.
|Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, Wisconsin, Wyoming||Nebraska Service CenterP.O. Box 87730Lincoln, NE 68501-7730|
|Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, U.S. Virgin Islands, West Virginia||Texas Service CenterP.O. Box 852824Mesquite, TX 75185|
You can download Form I-730, Refugee/Asylee Relative Petition, from our website. Click this link.