Understanding the I-130 Form: Beneficiary’s Marital Information in Part 4

When navigating the intricacies of U.S. immigration, it’s essential to be well-versed in the various forms and documents required throughout the process. One such document is the I-130, or the Petition for Alien Relative, which plays a crucial role in reuniting families by allowing U.S. citizens and permanent residents to sponsor certain eligible relatives for lawful immigration.

Beneficiary’s Marital Information Section

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In this article, we will focus on a specific section of the I-130 form, found on page 6 in Part 4: Information About Beneficiary. This section pertains to the “Beneficiary’s Marital Information” and contains vital details about the beneficiary’s marital history and current status. Let’s break down the components of this section:

  1. How many times has the beneficiary been married?This question is straightforward and requires the beneficiary to indicate the total number of times they have been married. It’s an essential piece of information to understand the beneficiary’s marital history. Whether someone has been married multiple times or has only had one marriage can influence the immigration process.
  2. Current Marital StatusIn this section, the beneficiary is asked to specify their current marital status. The options provided include:
    • a. Single, Never Married
    • b. Married
    • c. Divorced
    • d. Widowed
    • e. Separated
    • f. Annulled

    This question helps immigration authorities determine whether the beneficiary is currently married, divorced, separated, or in another marital status. It’s crucial because the marital status can affect eligibility and the type of visa or immigration category the beneficiary may qualify for.

  3. Date of Current Marriage (if currently married)If the beneficiary is currently married, they are asked to provide the exact date (in month/day/year format) when their current marriage took place. This information is necessary to establish the timeline of the current marital relationship, which may be relevant for immigration proceedings.
  4. Place of Beneficiary’s Current Marriage (if married)In this section, details about the location of the beneficiary’s current marriage are requested. The location includes several sub-components:
    • a. City or Town
    • b. State
    • c. Province
    • d. Country

    These details help establish where the current marriage was solemnized. Providing the precise location ensures that the marriage is appropriately documented for immigration purposes.

  5. Names of Beneficiary’s Spouses, including details for each spouseThis part of the form requires the beneficiary to list the names and details of all their spouses. The information should be provided in a structured manner, starting with the current spouse and then detailing prior spouses (if any).For each spouse, the following information is requested:
    • Spouse’s Family Name (Last Name)
    • Spouse’s Given Name (First Name)
    • Spouse’s Middle Name
    • Date Marriage Ended (if applicable)

    The primary purpose of collecting this information is to document the beneficiary’s marital history comprehensively. It helps immigration authorities verify the beneficiary’s past and current marital relationships, ensuring the accuracy and completeness of the application.

Understanding and correctly filling out the “Beneficiary’s Marital Information” section is critical for successfully completing the I-130 form and facilitating the immigration process. Providing accurate and up-to-date information is crucial, as any discrepancies or inaccuracies could potentially affect the outcome of the immigration petition.

Example Persona from India

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To better understand how the “Beneficiary’s Marital Information” section of the I-130 form is completed, let’s consider a hypothetical individual from India. This example persona will help illustrate the practical application of the form’s requirements and provide a clearer picture of what is expected.

  • Name: Rajesh Patel
  • Age: 30
  • Country of Origin: India
  • Current Marital Status: Married

Marital History:
Rajesh Patel has been married once.

Details of Current Marriage:

  • Date of Current Marriage (if currently married): 05/20/2018
  • Place of Beneficiary’s Current Marriage (if married):
    • City or Town: Mumbai
    • State: Maharashtra
    • Country: India

Names of Beneficiary’s Spouses:

Spouse 1

  • Family Name (Last Name): Patel
  • Given Name (First Name): Rajesh
  • Middle Name: –
  • Date Marriage Ended (if applicable): Blank

Spouse 2

  • Family Name (Last Name): Blank
  • Given Name (First Name): Blank
  • Middle Name: Blank
  • Date Marriage Ended (if applicable): Blank

This example persona provides a practical demonstration of how an individual’s marital information can be completed on the I-130 form, helping you understand the form’s requirements.

Where to File the Form I-130

When submitting your Form I-130, you have two options for filing: online or by mail (paper). The filing location depends on where you live and whether you are concurrently filing Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status.

Filing Your Form I-130 Online

To file the Form I-130 online, the first step is to create an account. This online filing option is available even if your relative is in the United States and plans to file Form I-485 by mail. Once you’ve submitted your Form I-130 online, a receipt notice will be sent to your USCIS online account. This receipt notice is essential for your relative to include in their Form I-485 packet.

It’s important to note that online filing for Form I-130 is not available if you are applying for a fee waiver. Additionally, Form I-485 and Form I-129F cannot be filed online at this time. Refer to the respective form instructions for specific guidelines and instructions on completing these forms.

Filing Your Form I-130 by Mail

If you reside in the United States, where you file your Form I-130 by mail depends on your location and whether your relative is concurrently filing Form I-485. You can find a complete list of addresses on the Direct Filing Addresses for Form I-130 page.

If you reside outside the United States, you have a few filing options, including mailing it to the USCIS Elgin Lockbox, filing online, or requesting to file at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate under specific circumstances.

Understanding where to file is crucial, as submitting your Form I-130 to the correct location is a fundamental step in the immigration process.

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