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As an immigration lawyer, I often receive inquiries about the process of reuniting families separated by immigration. One such pathway is through Form I-730, Refugee/Asylee Relative Petition. In this blog post, we will discuss the I-730 processing time, requirements, and tips to help you navigate this complex process.

What is Form I-730?


Form I-730 allows refugees or asylees in the United States to petition for certain family members (spouse and/or unmarried children under 21) to join them. The purpose of this form is to ensure that families who have been separated due to forced migration can be reunited in a safe environment.

Who Can File Form I-730?


The petitioner must be a refugee or asylee who has been granted asylum or refugee status within the past two years. They must also have a qualifying relationship with the beneficiary (spouse or child).

Understanding the I-730 Processing Time


The processing time for Form I-730 varies depending on various factors such as:

1. The workload at the USCIS service center where your application is being processed.
2. The complexity of your case.
3. Whether you are required to submit additional evidence or attend an interview.

Current Processing Times

CategoryOffice80% of cases are completed within
Petition for accompanying family members of an asyleeNebraska Service Center
Petition for accompanying family members of an asyleeTexas Service Center

However, it’s important to note that these timelines are subject to change due to factors beyond our control.

To check current processing times specific to your case, visit the [USCIS Processing Times Information] page and select the appropriate service center.

Tips for a Successful I-730 Petition


To ensure a smooth process and minimize delays in your I-730 processing time, consider the following tips:

1. Complete Your Form Accurately and Thoroughly


Make sure to provide all required information on your Form I-730. Incomplete or inaccurate information may result in delays or even denial of your petition.

2. Gather Supporting Documents


Prepare all necessary supporting documents, such as proof of your refugee or asylee status, evidence of your relationship with the beneficiary (marriage certificate, birth certificate), and any other relevant documentation.

3. Stay Informed About Your Case Status


Regularly check your case status online using the [USCIS Case Status Online] tool. This will help you stay updated on any developments in your case and allow you to respond promptly to requests for additional evidence or interview appointments.

4. Consult an Immigration Lawyer


Navigating immigration processes can be complex and overwhelming. Consulting an experienced immigration lawyer can help you understand the requirements, avoid common pitfalls, and maximize your chances of success.



Understanding the I-730 processing time is crucial for refugees and asylees seeking to reunite with their families in the United States. By following our tips and staying informed about current processing times, you can improve your chances of successfully navigating this process.

If you have questions or need assistance with Form I-730 or any other immigration-related matter, feel free to contact our office at EZ485 for expert guidance from experienced immigration lawyers like myself, Min Hwan Ahn.

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