For those going through the family-based green card process, a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident (petitioner) must first file an I-130 Petition for Alien Relative on behalf of the foreign national (beneficiary). The purpose of the I-130 petition is for the petitioner to sponsor the beneficiary for legal permanent residence. In the petition, the petitioner must demonstrate to USCIS that a valid relationship exists between the petitioner and beneficiary.
I-130 petitions often require considerable documentation and the bona fide nature of the qualifying relationship must be carefully explained. EIG attorneys are involved in every step of the case preparation process and guide clients through the information and documentation gathering process.