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Form I-130 | Petition for Alien Relative

What services are included?

SelfLawyer is a U.S. company that provides online immigration forms preparation services.

Experienced U.S. licensed immigration attorneys will prepare and review your form(s) and supporting documents.

Immigration attorneys will make sure that your application is complete and USCIS will accept and process your application.

Attorney will file your application online (where applicable) or mail paper application to USCIS.

USCIS fees are not included in SelfLawyer’s fees.

You will pay USCIS fees separately as directed by your attorney.

What services are not included?

SelfLawyer is a U.S. company that provides online immigration forms preparation services.

Immigration attorney who will review and prepare your immigration application will not represent you in person at your USCIS or U.S. embassy interview.

Your attorney will provide you information on how to prepare for your interview and what questions you can expect from a USCIS officer or consular officer.

USCIS fees are not included in SelfLawyer’s fees.

You will need to pay USCIS directly all applicable fees.

Cost of the document’s translation is not included in SelfLawyer’s fees.

Who can file Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative?

If you are a U.S. citizen, you can sponsor:

  • Spouse;
  • Unmarried children under 21 years of age;
  • Unmarried children over 21;
  • Married children of any age;
  • Brothers or sisters (if the sponsoring citizen is over 21); and
  • Parent (if the sponsoring citizen over 21).

If you are a lawful permanent resident, you can sponsor:

  • Spouse; 
  • Unmarried children under 21; and
  • Unmarried sons or daughters of any age.
How much does it cost to file Form I-130?

For each I-130 Form submitted, a $535 filing fee is charged (as of February 2020).

You must file a separate form for each eligible family member you seek to sponsor.

This fee is nonrefundable regardless of the outcome of your petition.

This fee is subject to change.

How long does the Form I-130 process take?

How long it takes USCIS to approve an I-130 petition depends on many factors:

  • How close or distinct your family relationship is under USCIS classification;
  • Whether the relative is currently inside the United States or abroad; and
  • Which USCIS office is processing the application.

For applications from U.S. citizens sponsoring an immediate relative currently living in the United States, it usually takes between 7 and 13 months for approval.

For applications sponsoring other family relatives living outside the United States, the U.S. limits the number of visas available.

When the allotted number of visas are depleted, visa applicants are placed on a list until a visa becomes available.

This, for family relatives living abroad, it may take months to several years for approval.

What documents do I need to submit with Form I-130?

Be sure to give USCIS the following documents.

Evidence of the sponsor’s U.S. citizenship, lawful permanent residence, or U.S. national status:

  • A copy of a birth certificate showing birth in the United States;
  • A copy of naturalization citizenship certification issued by the USCIS or the former Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS);
  • A copy of Form FS-240 (Consular Report of Birth Abroad) issued by a U.S. Embassy or Consulate;
  • A copy of an unexpired U.S. passport;
  • An original statement from a U.S. consular official stating U.S. citizen with a valid passport; or
  • A copy of the front and back of a Permanent Residence Card (also known as a green card or a Form I-551).

Evidence of family relationship with one or more of the following:

  • Spouse: A copy of the marriage certificate:
    • Evidence that spouse terminated any earlier marriage (if applicable);
  • Child: A copy of the child’s birth certificate;
  • Parent: A copy of your birth certificate confirming the identity of your parent; or
  • Brother or sister: A copy of your birth certificate and a copy of your sibling’s birth certificate.

If petitioning for a spouse, evidence of a lawful marriage:

  • Document showing dual ownership of property;
  • A lease showing joint residency;
  • A document showing joint financial assets;
  • A birth certificate showing the birth of a child together;
  • An affidavit from someone swearing to legal marriage;
  • Any other document showing a lawful marriage; or
  • Other evidence establishing marriage (wedding photographs, gift receipts, vacation receipts, emails, text messages, phone calls, etc.).

N-400 | Naturalization

What services are included?

SelfLawyer is a U.S. company that provides online immigration forms preparation services.

Experienced U.S. licensed immigration attorneys will prepare and review your form(s) and supporting documents.

Immigration attorneys will make sure that your application is complete and USCIS will accept and process your application.

Attorney will file your application online (where applicable) or mail paper application to USCIS.

USCIS fees are not included in SelfLawyer’s fees.

You will pay USCIS fees separately as directed by your attorney.

What services are not included?

SelfLawyer is a U.S. company that provides online immigration forms preparation services.

Immigration attorney who will review and prepare your immigration application will not represent you in person at your USCIS or U.S. embassy interview.

Your attorney will provide you information on how to prepare for your interview and what questions you can expect from a USCIS officer or consular officer.

USCIS fees are not included in SelfLawyer’s fees.

You will need to pay USCIS directly all applicable fees.

Cost of the document’s translation is not included in SelfLawyer’s fees.

Who Can File Form N-400, Application for Naturalization?

Permanent Resident (Green Card Holder)

As a lawful permanent resident, you may apply for naturalization if:

  • You are at least 18 years old;
  • You have maintained lawful permanent resident (green card) status for at least five years;
  • You have no special circumstances that would deny your application;
  • You have not traveled outside the U.S. for trips of six months or longer in the past five years;
  • You have maintained a physical presence in the U.S. for at least 30 months in the past five years; and
  • You have maintained a residence in the State or USCIS district for at least three months before your application.

Married to U.S. Citizen

If you are married to a U.S. citizen, you may apply for naturalization if:

  • You are at least 18 years old;
  • You are married to and living with the same U.S. citizen for at least three years;
  • Your spouse has been a U.S. citizen for at least three years;
  • You have maintained lawful permanent resident (green card) status for at least three years;
  • You have no special circumstances that would deny your application;
  • You have not traveled outside the United States for trips of six months or longer in the past three years;
  • You have maintained a physical presence in the U.S. for at least 18 months in the past three years; and
  • You have maintained a residence in the State or USCIS district for at least three months before submitting your application.

For military service applicants requirements, read this post.

How much does it cost to file Form N-400?

As of February 2020, your N-400 cost will equal $725.00:

  • Application fee: $640.00
  • Biometric fee: $85.00

These fees are non-refundable regardless of whether USCIS grants or denies your application.

If you are 75 years of age or older or serving in the military, you are exempt from biometric fees.

How long does the Form N-400 process take?

Generally, it will take anywhere from 8 to 14 months for USCIS to process your application and give you either a grant, continued, or deny answer.

An approximate timeline of the N-400 processing steps occur in the following order:

  • USCIS will notify you of the receipt of your N-400 application (about two to three weeks after filing);
  • You will receive a notice that USCIS has scheduled you a biometrics appointment (about three to five weeks after filing);
  • Your biometrics appointment (about five to eight weeks after filing);
  • Receive notice of scheduled USCIS interview (about four to eight months after filing);
  • Your USCIS naturalization interview (about six to ten months after filing);
  • Receive N-400 Results through Form I-652 (Naturalization Interview Results) (on the date of your interview or within a few weeks);
  • If your application was approved, you will receive a notice of your Oath Ceremony (about one to four weeks after the interview).
What documents do I need to submit with Form N-400?

USCIS requires you to submit the following documents with Form N-400:

  • Photographs (if you live outside the U.S.);
  • Photocopy of Permanent Resident Card (Form I-551) (green card);
  • Photocopy of your Current Legal Marital Status Document (if applicable);
  • Documents for Military Personnel or Spouses of Military Personnel (if applicable):
    • Form N-426 (Request for Certification of Military or Naval Service);
    • Evidence of Military Service (DD Form 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty); or
    • Military Personnel Spouses have other requirements (see www.uscis.gov/military);

Form I-90 | Replace or Renew Green Card

What services are included?

SelfLawyer is a U.S. company that provides online immigration forms preparation services.

Experienced U.S. licensed immigration attorneys will prepare and review your form(s) and supporting documents.

Immigration attorneys will make sure that your application is complete and USCIS will accept and process your application.

Attorney will file your application online (where applicable) or mail paper application to USCIS.

USCIS fees are not included in SelfLawyer’s fees.

You will pay USCIS fees separately as directed by your attorney.

What services are not included?

SelfLawyer is a U.S. company that provides online immigration forms preparation services.

Immigration attorney who will review and prepare your immigration application will not represent you in person at your USCIS or U.S. embassy interview.

Your attorney will provide you information on how to prepare for your interview and what questions you can expect from a USCIS officer or consular officer.

USCIS fees are not included in SelfLawyer’s fees.

You will need to pay USCIS directly all applicable fees.

Cost of the document’s translation is not included in SelfLawyer’s fees.

Who can file Form I-90, Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card?

You must file Form I-90 to renew or replace a green card if:

  • You are a permanent resident whose 10-year green card has expired or will be expiring in the next six months;
  • You are a permanent resident whose green cards have been damaged, lost, destroyed or stolen.

You can also fill out Form I-90 in the following situations:

  • You never received your issued green card
  • You legally changed your biographical information since the current green card was last issued
  • An error exists on the green card whose fault is the Department of Homeland Security
  • You have commuter status and will take up residence in the United States
  • Your immigration status was automatically converted to a green card holder. This applies to a narrow group of people, such as Special Agricultural Workers.
  • You have an earlier edition of the Alien Registration Card that must be replaced with a current green card.
  • The permanent resident has turned 14 years of age
How much does it cost to file Form I-90?

As of February 2020, the green card renewal fee for Form I-90 is $455. There is an additional biometrics fee of $85 for the fingerprinting process. The total cost is $540.

Both these fees may be waived by completing Form I-912, Request for Fee Waiver.

In order to waive these fees, the applicant will need to prove financial hardship resulting in the inability to pay the fees.

To apply for a fee waiver, you must complete a separate form and submit supporting documentation about your financial situation.

If approved, both the filing and biometrics fees ($540 total) will be waived, and you will pay $0.

Fees paid to USCIS are nonrefundable.

In some circumstances, you may be exempt from paying one or both fees if:

  • Your Green Card was issued by USCIS, but you never received it
  • Your Green Card contains errors made by DHS
  • You qualify for a fee waiver.

However, you pay only $85 if you turned 14 in the past 30 days and your Green Card will expire after you turn 16.

How long does the Form I-90 process take?

It currently takes approximately 10-12 months to renew or replace a lost green card. 

In some cases, it may take longer. 

This varies depending on the location, situation as well as the current workload of USCIS.

What documents do I need to submit with Form I-90?

The supporting documents that are required for filing Form I-90 vary depending on the reason you are applying for a new green card.

Your green card is among the supporting documents unless you never received it, or it was lost.  This table summarizes the documents you need to submit under different circumstances.

Reason for green card renewal or replacement Required supporting documentSample Documents
Your green card is expired or will expire within 6 months.A copy of green Card

Form AR-3

Form AR-103

Form I-151

You received a 10-year green card before age 14, and it will not expire before you turn 16.  
You have an old and now invalid version of the green card.  
Your card was lost, stolen, mutilated (damaged), or destroyed

A copy of green card, or

Government-issued ID showing your name, birth date, photo, and signature

Government-issued IDs:

  • Passport
  • State-issued drivers license
  • State-issued ID card
  • Employment authorization document (EAD)
  • U.S. military card or draft record
  • Military dependent’s ID card
Your green card was issued by USCIS, but you never received it.

Government-issued ID showing your name, birth date, photo, and signature, and

Your latest Form I-797 (Notice of Action), or

Your passport page with an I-551 stamp

 
Your green card contains an error (or errors) made by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

Your original Permanent Resident Card

Proof of your correct biographical data

 
Your name or personal information has legally changed.

Green Card and

Legal document(s) showing your new or correct name or personal information

Legal documents:

  • Marriage certificate
  • Divorce papers
  • Birth certificate
  • Adoption papers
  • Passport
  • Other court documents
You’re a a commuter, meaning you live in either Canada or Mexico but travel to the United States for work.

Green Card and

Evidence of your employment within the past 6 months

Evidence of employment:

  • Pay stubs
  • Employment Verification Letter
You’ve been a commuter but now live in the United States.

Green card and

Proof of U.S. residence

Proof of U.S. residence:

  • Lease agreement
  •  Property deed
  •  Utility bills dated within the past 6 months
  • If proof of residence (such as utility bills) are in your spouse or parent’s name, provide a copy of your original marriage or birth certificate
Your immigration status was automatically converted to a green card holder (applies to a narrow group of people, such as Special Agricultural Workers)Government-issued ID showing your name, birth date, photo, and signature, and Evidence of temporary-resident status

Government-issued IDs:

  • State-issued drivers license
  • State-issued ID card
  • Employment authorization document (EAD)
  • U.S. military card or draft record
  • Military dependent’s ID card

Temporary-resident status:

 Form I-797 (Notice of Action)

  • Form I-700 (Application for Status as a Special Agricultural Worker)
   
   

 

Marriage-based green card | Package 1

What services are included?

SelfLawyer is a U.S. company that provides online immigration forms preparation services.

Experienced U.S. licensed immigration attorneys will prepare and review the following forms:

Immigration attorneys will make sure that your application is complete and USCIS will accept and process your application.

Attorney will file your application online (where applicable) or mail paper application to USCIS.

USCIS fees are not included in SelfLawyer’s fees.

You will pay USCIS fees separately as directed by your attorney.

What services are not included?

SelfLawyer is a U.S. company that provides online immigration forms preparation services.

Immigration attorney who will review and prepare your immigration application will not represent you in person at your USCIS or U.S. embassy interview.

Your attorney will provide you information on how to prepare for your interview and what questions you can expect from a USCIS officer or consular officer.

USCIS fees are not included in SelfLawyer’s fees.

You will need to pay USCIS directly all applicable fees.

Cost of the document’s translation is not included in SelfLawyer’s fees.

Who can apply for a marriage-based green card in the U.S.?

If your spouse is a U.S. citizen and you have entered the U.S. on a visa, you can apply for a marriage-based green card in the U.S. More information on adjusting status can be found here.

If your spouse is a lawful permanent resident (green card holder), you can apply for adjustment of status in the U.S. only if a visa number is available for you. More information on adjusting status can be found here.

 

 

 

 

How much does it cost to apply for a marriage-based green card? (Adjustment of Status)

USCIS fees:

  • Form I-130 and I-130A – $535
  • Form I-485 – $1,225 (Age 14 – 78)
  • Form I-864 – $0
  • Form I-131 – $0, if filing with Form I-485 
  • Form I-765 –  $0, if filing with Form I-485
  • I-944 – $0
  • I-693 (medical form) – paid to doctor, varies

Total USCIS fees: $1,760

SelfLawyer’s fees are not included.

How long does the marriage-based green card process take? (Adjustment of Status)

If you are a spouse of a U.S. citizen and will file for Adjustment of Status in the U.S. process can take from 7 months to 14 months.

If you are a spouse of a green card holder and will file for a marriage-based green card, the process can take from 20 months to several years.

What documents do I need to submit?
  • Petitioner must provide proof that he or she is a United States citizen or a legal permanent resident. Documents that satisfy this requirement include a birth certificate for U.S. citizens or a green card for permanent residents.
  • Proof of marriage. The most common document is a marriage certificate. 
  • It is also important to provide proof of marriage termination if any spouse has had a previous marriage. A divorce document indicating the name of the Petitioner or Beneficiary as well as an indication that the divorce is legally valid where granted is a common example.
  • Passport-sized photographs of both the Petitioner and the Beneficiary are required.
  • Joint checking account statement
  • Birth certificate of a child born in marriage
  • Evidence of joint financial responsibilities – like a mortgage or utility bills.
  • A picture ID issued by a government to confirm your identity, like a passport, driver’s license, or military ID card
  • Birth certificate, or if one is not available, other records that confirm your date and place of birth, such as church, school, or hospital records, or written statements from relatives
  • Copies of documents showing that you were lawfully admitted to the U.S., such as a passport page with stamp or an arrival-departure record I-94
  • Documents showing that you qualify for the immigrant category that you are using to file your petition, such as your immigrant petition that you are filing at the same time as your Form I-485 or your approval notice for a previously filed petition
  • Financial sponsor’s tax transcripts
  • Other documents

Marriage-based green card | Package 2

What services are included?

SelfLawyer is a U.S. company that provides online immigration forms preparation services.

Experienced U.S. licensed immigration attorneys will prepare and review the following forms:

Immigration attorneys will make sure that your application is complete and USCIS will accept and process your application.

Attorney will file your application online (where applicable) or mail paper application to USCIS.

USCIS fees are not included in SelfLawyer’s fees.

You will pay USCIS fees separately as directed by your attorney.

What services are not included?

SelfLawyer is a U.S. company that provides online immigration forms preparation services.

Immigration attorney who will review and prepare your immigration application will not represent you in person at your USCIS or U.S. embassy interview.

Your attorney will provide you information on how to prepare for your interview and what questions you can expect from a USCIS officer or consular officer.

USCIS fees are not included in SelfLawyer’s fees.

You will need to pay USCIS directly all applicable fees.

Cost of the document’s translation is not included in SelfLawyer’s fees.

Who can apply for a marriage-based green card?

If your spouse is a U.S. citizen and you are outside the U.S., you can apply for a consular processing of your immigrant visa after Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative was approved. Learn more here.

If your spouse is a green card holder and visa number is available for you, USCIS will forward your application to NVC (National Visa Center). Learn more here.

 

How much does it cost to apply for a marriage-based green card? (Consular processing)

Marriage-based green card fees (consular processing):

Total: $1,400-$1,450

SelfLawyer’s fees are not included.

How long does the marriage-based green card process take? (Consular processing)

If your spouse is a U.S. citizen and you will apply abroad for an immigrant visa, the process can take from 12 months to 18 months.

If your spouse is a green card holder and you will apply for consular processing abroad, the process can take from 24 months to 34 months.

What documents do I need to submit?
  • Petitioner must provide proof that he or she is a United States citizen or a legal permanent resident. Documents that satisfy this requirement include a birth certificate for U.S. citizens or a green card for permanent residents.
  • Proof of marriage. The most common document is a marriage certificate. 
  • It is also important to provide proof of marriage termination if any spouse has had a previous marriage. A divorce document indicating the name of the Petitioner or Beneficiary as well as an indication that the divorce is legally valid where granted is a common example.
  • Passport-sized photographs of both the Petitioner and the Beneficiary are required.
  • Joint checking account statement
  • Birth certificate of a child born in marriage
  • Evidence of joint financial responsibilities – like a mortgage or utility bills.
  • A picture ID issued by a government to confirm your identity, like a passport, driver’s license, or military ID card
  • Birth certificate, or if one is not available, other records that confirm your date and place of birth, such as church, school, or hospital records, or written statements from relatives
  • Copies of documents showing that you were lawfully admitted to the U.S., such as a passport page with stamp or an arrival-departure record I-94
  • Documents showing that you qualify for the immigrant category that you are using to file your petition, such as your immigrant petition that you are filing at the same time as your Form I-485 or your approval notice for a previously filed petition
  • Financial sponsor’s tax transcripts
  • Other documents

Family based green card | Package 1

What services are included?

SelfLawyer is a U.S. company that provides online immigration forms preparation services.

Experienced U.S. licensed immigration attorneys will prepare and review the following forms:

Immigration attorneys will make sure that your application is complete and USCIS will accept and process your application.

Attorney will file your application online (where applicable) or mail paper application to USCIS.

USCIS fees are not included in SelfLawyer’s fees.

You will pay USCIS fees separately as directed by your attorney.

What services are not included?

SelfLawyer is a U.S. company that provides online immigration forms preparation services.

Immigration attorney who will review and prepare your immigration application will not represent you in person at your USCIS or U.S. embassy interview.

Your attorney will provide you information on how to prepare for your interview and what questions you can expect from a USCIS officer or consular officer.

USCIS fees are not included in SelfLawyer’s fees.

You will need to pay USCIS directly all applicable fees.

Cost of the document’s translation is not included in SelfLawyer’s fees.

Who can apply for a family based green card?

You can apply to become a legal permanent resident in the U.S. (Adjustment of Status) if:

  • You have a Form I-130 approved
  • Visa number is available for you
  • You entered the U.S. on a visa and were inspected at the border
  • You meet other Adjustment of Status requirements. More information here.

If you are a U.S. citizen, you can sponsor:

  • Unmarried children under 21 years of age;
  • Unmarried children over 21;
  • Married children of any age;
  • Brothers or sisters (if the sponsoring citizen is over 21); and
  • Parent (if the sponsoring citizen over 21).

If you are a lawful permanent resident, you can sponsor:

  • Unmarried children under 21; and
  • Unmarried sons or daughters of any age.

More information on family based green cards here.

How much does it cost to apply for a family based green card? (Adjustment of Status)

Family based green card fees (if applying in the U.S.):

Total fees: $1,960 – $2,010

SelfLawyer’s fees are not included.

How long does the family based green card process take?

If you are an unmarried child under 21 or parent of a U.S. citizen (immediate relative), the process can take from 12 months to 14 months.

If you are an unmarried child  of a U.S. citizen 21 years of age or older (F1), the process can take from 7.5 years to 8 years (the process will be longer for Mexico and Philippines nationals).

If you are a married child of a U.S. citizen (F3), the process can take from 13 years to 13.5 years (the process will be longer for Mexico and Philippines nationals).

If you are a brother/sister of a U.S. citizen (F4), the process can take from 14.5 years to 15 years (the process will be longer for Mexico and Philippines nationals).

If you are an unmarried child of a legal permanent resident under 21 (F2A), the process can take from 24 months to 34 months.

If you are an unmarried son or daughter of a legal permanent resinder 21 years of age or older (F2B) , the process can take from 6 years to 8 years.

What documents do I need to submit?

Evidence of the sponsor’s U.S. citizenship, lawful permanent residence, or U.S. national status:

  • A copy of a birth certificate showing birth in the United States;
  • A copy of naturalization citizenship certification issued by the USCIS or the former Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS);
  • A copy of Form FS-240 (Consular Report of Birth Abroad) issued by a U.S. Embassy or Consulate;
  • A copy of an unexpired U.S. passport;
  • An original statement from a U.S. consular official stating U.S. citizen with a valid passport; or
  • A copy of the front and back of a Permanent Residence Card (also known as a green card or a Form I-551).

Evidence of family relationship with one or more of the following:

  • Child: A copy of the child’s birth certificate;
  • Parent: A copy of your birth certificate confirming the identity of your parent; or
  • Brother or sister: A copy of your birth certificate and a copy of your sibling’s birth certificate.

Family based green card | Package 2

What services are included?

SelfLawyer is a U.S. company that provides online immigration forms preparation services.

Experienced U.S. licensed immigration attorneys will prepare and review the following forms:

Immigration attorneys will make sure that your application is complete and USCIS will accept and process your application.

Attorney will file your application online (where applicable) or mail paper application to USCIS.

USCIS fees are not included in SelfLawyer’s fees.

You will pay USCIS fees separately as directed by your attorney.

What services are not included?

SelfLawyer is a U.S. company that provides online immigration forms preparation services.

Immigration attorney who will review and prepare your immigration application will not represent you in person at your USCIS or U.S. embassy interview.

Your attorney will provide you information on how to prepare for your interview and what questions you can expect from a USCIS officer or consular officer.

USCIS fees are not included in SelfLawyer’s fees.

You will need to pay USCIS directly all applicable fees.

Cost of the document’s translation is not included in SelfLawyer’s fees.

Who can apply for a marriage-based green card in the U.S.?

You can apply for an immigrant visa at U.S. Embassy (consular processing) if:

  • You have a Form I-130 approved
  • Visa number is available for you

 If you are a U.S. citizen, you can sponsor:

  • Unmarried children under 21 years of age;
  • Unmarried children over 21;
  • Married children of any age;
  • Brothers or sisters (if the sponsoring citizen is over 21); and
  • Parent (if the sponsoring citizen over 21).

If you are a lawful permanent resident, you can sponsor:

  • Unmarried children under 21; and
  • Unmarried sons or daughters of any age.

More information on family based green cards here.

 

 

 

How much does it cost to apply for a family based green card? (Consular Processing)

Family based green card fees (consular processing):

Total: $1,400-$1,450

SelfLawyer’s fees are not included.

How long does the family based green card process take? (Consular Processing)

If you are an unmarried child under 21 or parent of a U.S. citizen (immediate relative), the process can take from 12 months to 14 months.

If you are an unmarried child  of a U.S. citizen 21 years of age or older (F1), the process can take from 7.5 years to 8 years (the process will be longer for Mexico and Philippines nationals).

If you are a married child of a U.S. citizen (F3), the process can take from 13 years to 13.5 years (the process will be longer for Mexico and Philippines nationals).

If you are a brother/sister of a U.S. citizen (F4), the process can take from 14.5 years to 15 years (the process will be longer for Mexico and Philippines nationals).

If you are an unmarried child of a legal permanent resident under 21 (F2A), the process can take from 24 months to 34 months.

If you are an unmarried son or daughter of a legal permanent resinder 21 years of age or older (F2B) , the process can take from 6 years to 8 years.

What documents do I need to submit?

Evidence of the sponsor’s U.S. citizenship, lawful permanent residence, or U.S. national status:

  • A copy of a birth certificate showing birth in the United States;
  • A copy of naturalization citizenship certification issued by the USCIS or the former Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS);
  • A copy of Form FS-240 (Consular Report of Birth Abroad) issued by a U.S. Embassy or Consulate;
  • A copy of an unexpired U.S. passport;
  • An original statement from a U.S. consular official stating U.S. citizen with a valid passport; or
  • A copy of the front and back of a Permanent Residence Card (also known as a green card or a Form I-551).

Evidence of family relationship with one or more of the following:

  • Child: A copy of the child’s birth certificate;
  • Parent: A copy of your birth certificate confirming the identity of your parent; or
  • Brother or sister: A copy of your birth certificate and a copy of your sibling’s birth certificate.

Form I-485 | Application to Register Permanent Residence

What services are included?

SelfLawyer is a U.S. company that provides online immigration forms preparation services.

Experienced U.S. licensed immigration attorneys will prepare and review the following forms:

  • Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence

Immigration attorneys will make sure that your application is complete and USCIS will accept and process your application.

Attorney will file your application online (where applicable) or mail paper application to USCIS.

USCIS fees are not included in SelfLawyer’s fees.

You will pay USCIS fees separately as directed by your attorney.

What services are not included?

SelfLawyer is a U.S. company that provides online immigration forms preparation services.

Immigration attorney who will review and prepare your immigration application will not represent you in person at your USCIS or U.S. embassy interview.

Your attorney will provide you information on how to prepare for your interview and what questions you can expect from a USCIS officer or consular officer.

USCIS fees are not included in SelfLawyer’s fees.

You will need to pay USCIS directly all applicable fees.

Cost of the document’s translation is not included in SelfLawyer’s fees.

Who can apply for Adjustment of Status?

You can apply for Adjustment of Status (Form I-485) if:

  • You are physically present in the U.S.
  • Underlying petition was approved (family based or employment based)
  • Visa number is available for you
  • You have maintained a valid nonimmigrant status (with some exceptions)
  • You have entered the U.S. on a visa 
  • You were inspected at the border
  • More eligibility requirements are provided here
How much does it cost to apply for Adjustment of Status?

Adjustment of Status (Form I-485) fees:

  • $1,225 total (age 14-78)

SelfLawyer’s fees are not included.

How long does Adjustment of Status process take?

Family-based adjustment applications – 8 Months to 31 Months

Employment-based adjustment applications – 12-52 monthss

Based on grant of asylum more than 1 year ago – 7 Months to 28.5 Months

Based on refugee admission more than 1 year ago – 10 Months to 13.5 Months

What documents do I need to submit?
  • Two recent identical color passport-style pictures of yourself
  • A picture ID issued by a government to confirm your identity, like a passport, driver’s license, or military ID card
  • Birth certificate, or if one is not available, other records that confirm your date and place of birth, such as church, school, or hospital records, or written statements from relatives
  • Copies of documents showing that you were lawfully admitted to the U.S., such as a passport page with stamp or an arrival-departure record I-94
  • Documents showing that you qualify for the immigrant category that you are using to file your petition, such as your immigrant petition that you are filing at the same time as your Form I-485 or your approval notice for a previously filed petition
  • Other documents (depending on the category)

Form I-864 | Affidavit of Support

What services are included?

SelfLawyer is a U.S. company that provides online immigration forms preparation services.

Experienced U.S. licensed immigration attorneys will prepare and review the following form:

Immigration attorneys will make sure that your application is complete and USCIS will accept and process your application.

Attorney will file your application online (where applicable) or mail paper application to USCIS.

USCIS fees are not included in SelfLawyer’s fees.

You will pay USCIS fees separately as directed by your attorney.

What services are not included?

SelfLawyer is a U.S. company that provides online immigration forms preparation services.

Immigration attorney who will review and prepare your immigration application will not represent you in person at your USCIS or U.S. embassy interview.

Your attorney will provide you information on how to prepare for your interview and what questions you can expect from a USCIS officer or consular officer.

USCIS fees are not included in SelfLawyer’s fees.

You will need to pay USCIS directly all applicable fees.

Cost of the document’s translation is not included in SelfLawyer’s fees.

Who must submit Form I-864?
  • All immediate relatives of U.S. citizens (spouses, unmarried children under 21 years of age, and parents of U.S. citizens 21 years of age and older)
  • All family-based preference immigrants (unmarried sons and daughters of U.S. citizens, spouses and unmarried sons and daughters of lawful permanent residents, married sons and daughters of U.S. citizens, and brothers and sisters of U.S. citizens 21 years of age and older).
  • Employment-based preference immigrants in cases only when a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident, or U.S. national relative filed the immigrant visa petition or such relative has a significant ownership interest (five percent or more) in the entity that filed the petition.
How much does it cost to submit Form I-864?

There is no fee if the sponsored immigrant files this form with USCIS or abroad with the Department of State (DOS), however, DOS does charge a fee if they file in the U.S.

There is a $120 fee per case for reviewing the Affidavit of Support (Forms I-864, I-864A, I-864W and/or I-864EZ) when the form is filed in the United States. 

However, there is only one fee charged, even if there are multiple financial sponsors associated with a single case.

SelfLawyer’s fees are not included.

How long does the Form I-864 process take?

Processed with the underlying petition (Form I-130 or Form I-140)

What documents do I need to submit?

For U.S. citizens or nationals:

  • Birth certificate
  • Certificate of naturalization
  • Certificate of citizenship
  • Photo (biographic page) of U.S. passport.

For lawful permanent residents:

  • Both sides of your Permanent Resident Card (Form I-551; “green card”)

Tax records. You are required to provide documentation of your most recent year’s Federal income tax returns. You are not required to provide returns for the additional two preceding years, but it is generally best practice to do so. There are two options for how to document your returns.

  • Photocopies of returns. You are permitted to provide a photocopy of your federal income tax returns. Ideally, this should be a photocopy of the signed form that you submitted to the IRS, including all attachments.
  • Tax transcript. Alternatively, you can request something called a tax transcript directly from the IRS. This is the definitive record of your tax filing history. The transcript can be requested by filing a paper copy of Form 4506-T with the IRS.

Form I-944 | Declaration of Self-Sufficiency

What services are included?

SelfLawyer is a U.S. company that provides online immigration forms preparation services.

Experienced U.S. licensed immigration attorneys will prepare and review the following forms:

Immigration attorneys will make sure that your application is complete and USCIS will accept and process your application.

Attorney will file your application online (where applicable) or mail paper application to USCIS.

USCIS fees are not included in SelfLawyer’s fees.

You will pay USCIS fees separately as directed by your attorney.

What services are not included?

SelfLawyer is a U.S. company that provides online immigration forms preparation services.

Immigration attorney who will review and prepare your immigration application will not represent you in person at your USCIS or U.S. embassy interview.

Your attorney will provide you information on how to prepare for your interview and what questions you can expect from a USCIS officer or consular officer.

USCIS fees are not included in SelfLawyer’s fees.

You will need to pay USCIS directly all applicable fees.

Cost of the document’s translation is not included in SelfLawyer’s fees.

Who must submit Form I-944?

 

 If you are a green card applicant using the adjustment of status process to apply from within the United States, you must submit Form I-944 under the new public charge rule.

Form I-944 will be accompanied by Form I-485, which is used to apply for lawful permanent resident status.

If you are a foreign-born person submitting an adjustment of status application to USCIS and you are not among the applicants who are exempt from proving that they’re not inadmissible to the U.S. as a likely public charge, then you must fill out Form I-944.

As an example, if you are applying for lawful permanent or conditional residence based on a spousal or other family relationship, you will be required to fill out Form I-944.

If, however, you are applying from outside the United States through consular processing, you will not be required to file Form I-944.

 

How much does it cost to file Form I-944?

There is no filing fee for Form I-944.

However, you will still need to pay all the other fees associated with your green card application (such as Form I-485 fees and biometrics fee).

SelfLawyer’s fees are not included.

How long does the Form I-944 process take?

Form I-944 is rrocessed with the underlying petition.

What documents do I need to submit?

While filing Form I-944, will need to provide proof of the following:

  • Income (such as tax returns)
  • Proof of assets (such as property deeds or bank statements)

You are also required to provide evidence of every information you list in the form.

You should show proof of your education, education, job offers, and health insurance.

If the supporting documents are not available, you must write a statement explaining why.

Form I-751 | Petition to Remove Conditions on Permanent Residence

What services are included?

SelfLawyer is a U.S. company that provides online immigration forms preparation services.

Experienced U.S. licensed immigration attorneys will prepare and review the following form and supporting documents:

Immigration attorneys will make sure that your application is complete and USCIS will accept and process your application.

Attorney will file your application online (where applicable) or mail paper application to USCIS.

USCIS fees are not included in SelfLawyer’s fees.

You will pay USCIS fees separately as directed by your attorney.

What services are not included?

SelfLawyer is a U.S. company that provides online immigration forms preparation services.

Immigration attorney who will review and prepare your immigration application will not represent you in person at your USCIS or U.S. embassy interview.

Your attorney will provide you information on how to prepare for your interview and what questions you can expect from a USCIS officer or consular officer.

USCIS fees are not included in SelfLawyer’s fees.

You will need to pay USCIS directly all applicable fees.

Cost of the document’s translation is not included in SelfLawyer’s fees.

Who must file Form I-751?

If you were granted conditional permanent resident status based on marriage and you stayed married, both you and your spouse must file Form I-751 jointly.

If you have dependent children who acquired conditional resident status on the same day as you, or within 90 days after you, include their names and alien registration numbers in Part 5 (Information About Your Children) of your I-751 Form.

How much does it cost to file Form I-751?

There is a $595.00 filing fee for Form I-751.

In addition, there is an $85.00 fee for every biometric service required.

Total fee: $680.

Each dependent child listed under Part 5 of Form I-751 is required to pay a separate $85.00 biometric fee.

SelfLawyer’s fees are not included.

How long does Form I-751 process take?

The process can take from 12 monts to 26 months.

What documents do I need to submit?
  • Copy of your conditional green card (front and back)
  • Birth certificates of children born during the time of this marriage, if any;
  • Lease or mortgage contracts showing joint occupancy and/or ownership of your communal residence;
  • Any financial records showing joint ownership of assets and/or joint responsibility for liabilities:
    • Joint savings and checking accounts with transaction history;
    • Joint Federal and State tax returns;
    • Insurance policies that show the other spouse as the beneficiary;
    • Joint utility bills; or
    • Joint installment or other loan payments;
  • If in the military, copies of Military Leave and Earnings Statements showing receipt of Basic Allowance for Quarters (BAQ) with family members and/or Form DD-1172 for military family member identification cards;
  • Any other document that might be considered relevant to prove that your marriage was not entered to evade U.S. immigration laws; and
  • Sworn affidavits of at least two people who have known both you and your spouse since your conditional residence status was granted and has personal knowledge of your marriage and relationship.
  • Other documents (if applicable)

Form I-131 | Application for Travel Document

What services are included?

SelfLawyer is a U.S. company that provides online immigration forms preparation services.

Experienced U.S. licensed immigration attorneys will prepare and review the following form:

Immigration attorneys will make sure that your application is complete and USCIS will accept and process your application.

Attorney will file your application online (where applicable) or mail paper application to USCIS.

USCIS fees are not included in SelfLawyer’s fees.

You will pay USCIS fees separately as directed by your attorney.

What services are not included?

SelfLawyer is a U.S. company that provides online immigration forms preparation services.

Immigration attorney who will review and prepare your immigration application will not represent you in person at your USCIS or U.S. embassy interview.

Your attorney will provide you information on how to prepare for your interview and what questions you can expect from a USCIS officer or consular officer.

USCIS fees are not included in SelfLawyer’s fees.

You will need to pay USCIS directly all applicable fees.

Cost of the document’s translation is not included in SelfLawyer’s fees.

Who can apply for a travel document?
  • If you are a lawful permanent resident and you expect to spend significant time outside the United States but intend to return to the U.S, you will need a Reentry Permit.
  • If you have a refugee or asylum status and you wish to travel outside the United States, and you wish to return later to the U.S, you can apply for a Refugee Travel Document.
  • If you are in the United States, you can apply for Advance Parole if you have:

    • An application for adjustment of status(Form I-485) pending.
    • Been granted benefits under the Family Unity Program.
    • A pending application for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) Form I-821 or been granted Temporary Protected Status.
    • Have been granted T or U nonimmigrant status
How much does it cost to apply for a travel document?
  • Re-Entry Permit – $660 (age 14-79)
  • Refugee Travel Document – $220 (age 16-79)
  • Advance Parole Document – $575

SelfLawyer’s fees are not included.

How long does the Form I-131 process take?

The Form I-131, Application for Travel Document can take from 3 months to 10 months.

What documents do I need to submit?
  • For a refugee travel document:
    • A copy of an official photo identity document
    • Proof of refugee or asylee status
    • A statement explaining the reason for a “yes” response to any question in Part 6
    • If outside the United States, submit two identical color passport-style photographs of yourself taken within 30 days of filing this application.
  • For a reentry permit:
    • A copy of an official photo identity document 
    • Evidence that you are a lawful permanent resident:
      • A copy of the front and back of your Permanent Resident Card (also known as a Green Card or a Form I-551);
      • A copy of the biographic pages of your passport and a copy of the visa page showing your initial admission as a lawful permanent resident; 
      • A copy of the Form I-797, Notice of Action, approval notice of your application to replace your Permanent Resident Card (also known as a Green Card or a Form I-551); or
      • Temporary evidence of lawful permanent resident status.
    • Certified English translations of non-English documents (if applicable)
  • For an advance parole document for individuals who are currently in the United States:
    • A copy of an official photo identity document
    • Two identical passport-style photographs of yourself taken within 30 days of the filing of this application
    • A copy of any document showing your current status in the United States 
    • Evidence that your trip is for educational, employment, or humanitarian purposes 
    • An explanation or other evidence showing the circumstances that warrant issuance of an advance parole document
    • If you are an applicant for adjustment of status, a copy of a USCIS receipt as evidence that you filed the adjustment application
    •  If you are traveling to Canada to apply for an immigrant visa, a copy of the U.S. consular appointment letter
  • For advance parole for someone outside the United States (for urgent humanitarian reasons or significant public benefit):
    • A copy of a photo identity document for beneficiary, petitioner, and sponsor
    • A copy of the beneficiary’s passport identity page
    • A description of the urgent humanitarian or significant public benefit reason, including documentation of a need for expedited handling, and the length of time for which the beneficiary needs parole
    • A completed Form I-134 with appropriate documentation as described in the form instructions
    • A statement explaining why the beneficiary cannot obtain a U.S. visa (if applicable)
    • A statement explaining why the beneficiary cannot obtain a waiver of inadmissibility (if applicable)
    • A copy of any decision on immigrant/nonimmigrant applications or petitions

Form I-765 | Application for Employment Authorization

What services are included?

SelfLawyer is a U.S. company that provides online immigration forms preparation services.

Experienced U.S. licensed immigration attorneys will prepare and review the following forms:

Immigration attorneys will make sure that your application is complete and USCIS will accept and process your application.

Attorney will file your application online (where applicable) or mail paper application to USCIS.

USCIS fees are not included in SelfLawyer’s fees.

You will pay USCIS fees separately as directed by your attorney.

What services are not included?

SelfLawyer is a U.S. company that provides online immigration forms preparation services.

Immigration attorney who will review and prepare your immigration application will not represent you in person at your USCIS or U.S. embassy interview.

Your attorney will provide you information on how to prepare for your interview and what questions you can expect from a USCIS officer or consular officer.

USCIS fees are not included in SelfLawyer’s fees.

You will need to pay USCIS directly all applicable fees.

Cost of the document’s translation is not included in SelfLawyer’s fees.

Who can apply for Employment Authorization Document (Work Permit) ?

 Generally, the following categories can apply for work permits:

  • Applicants for adjustment status with a pending I-485
  • Refugees and people granted asylum
  • People granted deferred enforced departure (DED) or temporary protected status (TPS)
  • VAWA self-petitioners
  • F-1 students (with various limitations)
  • J-2 spouses or minor children
  • M-1 students seeking practical training after completing their studies.
  • K-1 nonimmigrant fiancé(e) of a U.S. citizen or K-4 children.
  • Holders of L-2, T-1, T-2, T-3, T-4, or U-1, U-2, U-3, U-4, U-5, V-1, V-2, or V-3 visas.
How much does it cost to file Form I-765?

If you’re filing the Form I-765 separately, the filing fee is $410.

Some categories of applicants must also pay an additional $85 biometric services fee, for a total of $495.

Asylees or refugees applying for work permit for the first time do not pay filing fees.

Noncitizens who were granted withholding of removal are completely exempt from paying Form I-765 fees.

Also realize that some categories of applicants do not need to pay the fee, such as those simultaneously filing to adjust status to get a green card (they are covered by their I-485 Form fee).

SelfLawyer’s fees are not included.

How long does the Form I-765 processing take?

It generally takes about 150-210 days (5-7 months) for USCIS to process work permit applications. It can also take longer.

What documents do I need to submit?
  • You will need a copy of your I-94 travel record (front and back), if available, or a printout of your electronic I-94 obtained from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) website: Get most recent I-94
  • A copy of your U.S. visa (if applicable)
  • A copy of your passport photo page
  • Copies of previous work permits (front and back), if you have any available
  • Two 2-inch-by-2-inch passport-style photos of yourself that you took recently. Make sure you print your full name and your alien registration number on the back of each with a pencil or felt-tip pen.
  • A copy of receipt notice (official acknowledgment letter) from USCIS that you have submitted a qualifying application
  • If it’s the first time you are applying for a work permit, you must submit a copy of one of the following forms of government-issued identification:
    • birth certificate and a photo ID,
    • copy of a visa that was issued by the consulate of a country other than the United States, or
    • any other national identity document with your photo and/or fingerprint

Form I-129F| Petition for Alien Fiancé(e)

What services are included?

SelfLawyer is a U.S. company that provides online immigration forms preparation services.

Experienced U.S. licensed immigration attorneys will prepare and review the following form and supporting documents:

Immigration attorneys will make sure that your application is complete and USCIS will accept and process your application.

Attorney will file your application online (where applicable) or mail paper application to USCIS.

USCIS fees are not included in SelfLawyer’s fees.

You will pay USCIS fees separately as directed by your attorney.

What services are not included?

SelfLawyer is a U.S. company that provides online immigration forms preparation services.

Immigration attorney who will review and prepare your immigration application will not represent you in person at your USCIS or U.S. embassy interview.

Your attorney will provide you information on how to prepare for your interview and what questions you can expect from a USCIS officer or consular officer.

USCIS fees are not included in SelfLawyer’s fees.

You will need to pay USCIS directly all applicable fees.

Cost of the document’s translation is not included in SelfLawyer’s fees.

Who can file Form I-129F?

Only U.S. citizens may apply for K-1 visas on behalf of their foreign-born fiancé(e)s. 

To be eligible, you must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen (by birth, naturalization or through your parents);
  • You and your fiancé(e) must intend to marry within 90 days of your fiancé(e)’s arrival in the U.S.;
  • You and your fiancé(e) are both legally allowed to marry in the United States (meaning that neither you or your fiancé(e) are married, or any previous marriages have been legally terminated by divorce, death, or annulment); and
  • You and your fiancé(e) have known each other for at least two years before applying for a K-1 visa and have met in person at least once in the last two years:
    • Request a waiver if this meeting would:
      • Violate strict and long-established customs of your fiancé(e)’s foreign culture or social practice; or
      • Result in extreme hardship to you, the U.S. citizen petitioner.
How much does it cost to file Form I-129F?

  • Form I-129F: $535.
  • DS-260 and DS-261 application fees: $325.00
  • I-864 (Affidavit of Support) application fee: $120.00
  • Biometric services fee: $85.00
  • I-693 medical exam: No fee, but you must pay for the examination (approx. $200-$250)

Total fees: $1,265 – $1,315

SelfLawyer’s fees are not included.

How long does the process take?

The process can take from 12 months to 15 months.

What documents do I need to submit?
  • Evidence of U.S. Citizenship:
    • Copy of your birth certificate proving United States birth;
    • Copy of your original Certificate of Naturalization;
    • Copy of your original Certificate of Citizenship;
    • Copy of your Form FS-240 (Report of Birth Abroad of a Citizen of the United States); 
    • Copy of your valid, unexpired U.S. passport or passport card issued with a validity period of at least five years; or
    • A statement executed by a U.S. consular officer certifying that you are a U.S. citizen and the bearer of a valid U.S. passport;
  • Termination of Previous Marriages – if either you or your fiancé(e) were previously married, you must provide evidence that all prior marriages have been legally terminated:
    • Divorce decree;
    • Annulment of the marriage;
    • Death certificate issued by civil authority;
  • Photographs – you must submit one color passport-style photograph of yourself and one color passport-style photograph of your fiancé(e) within 30 days after submitting the I-129F petition;
  • Evidence of Legal Name Change; if either you or your fiancé(e) has ever used a name different than the one shown on the evidence submitted in support of your application, you must submit copies of the legal documents reflecting the legal name change;
  • Form I-94 (Arrival-Departure Record) – if U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) or USCIS ever issued your fiancé(e) an arrival and departure Form I-94, you must provide this record showing the date that your fiancé(e) authorized stay period(s);
  • Evidence classifying fiancé(e) as a K-1 nonimmigrant – in addition to the above evidence, you must also submit evidence of:
    • Intention to marry within 90 days of entry – this should include statements signed by both you and your fiancé(e) or any other evidence of mutual intention to marry;
    • In-Person Meeting – you must submit evidence that you and your fiancé(e) have met in-person at least once in the two-year period before submitting the I-129F application, which may include:
      • A statement written by you and your fiancé(e) stating how you met during that two-year period;
      • A copy of airline tickets;
      • Copies of passport stamps;
      • Photographs of your meeting; and/or
      • Written statements from others;
      • If you did not have the required in-person meeting, you must provide evidence that such a meeting would:
        • Result in extreme hardship to you, the U.S. citizen; or
        • Violate strict and long-established customs of your fiancé(s) foreign culture or social practice; and 
        • Include evidence that all aspects of the traditional arrangements have been or will be met by custom or practice.

Form N-600 | Application for Certificate of Citizenship

What services are included?

SelfLawyer is a U.S. company that provides online immigration forms preparation services.

Experienced U.S. licensed immigration attorneys will prepare and review the following form:

  • Form N-600, Application for Certificate of Citizenship

Immigration attorneys will make sure that your application is complete and USCIS will accept and process your application.

Attorney will file your application online (where applicable) or mail paper application to USCIS.

USCIS fees are not included in SelfLawyer’s fees.

You will pay USCIS fees separately as directed by your attorney.

What services are not included?

SelfLawyer is a U.S. company that provides online immigration forms preparation services.

Immigration attorney who will review and prepare your immigration application will not represent you in person at your USCIS or U.S. embassy interview.

Your attorney will provide you information on how to prepare for your interview and what questions you can expect from a USCIS officer or consular officer.

USCIS fees are not included in SelfLawyer’s fees.

You will need to pay USCIS directly all applicable fees.

Cost of the document’s translation is not included in SelfLawyer’s fees.

Who can apply for a Certificate of Citizenship?

If you derived U.S. citizenship from parents who naturalized when you were a child, you can to apply for a Certificate of Citizenship, Form N-600 as proof of your nationality.

How much does it cost to apply for a Certificate of Citizenship?

Form N-600 fee is $1,170.

SelfLawyer’s fees are not included.

How long does the process take?

The processing time is 5-13 months.

What documents do I need to submit?
  • Two passport-style photographs of the child
  • The child’s birth certificate or record
  • Evidence of the parent’s U.S. citizenship
  • The U.S. citizen parent’s birth certificate

If applicable:

  • Proof of either parent’s status as U.S. national 
  • Proof of required residence or physical presence in the United States for the U.S. citizen parent
  • The U.S. citizen parent’s marriage certificate 
  • Evidence the U.S. citizen parent terminated any prior marriage(s)
  • Proof of legitimation for children born out of wedlock 
  • Proof of legal custody (only required for applicants whose parents divorced and/or legally separated and for applicants who are adopted) 
  • Proof of physical custody
  • A copy of child’s permanent resident card or other evidence of permanent resident status
  • A copy of the full, final adoption decree 
  • Evidence of re-adoption
  • Evidence of all legal name changes 
  • Explanation and secondary evidence if any requested document is unavailable 

Form N-565 | Naturalization/Citizenship Replacement Document

What services are included?

SelfLawyer is a U.S. company that provides online immigration forms preparation services.

Experienced U.S. licensed immigration attorneys will prepare and review the following forms:

  • Form N-565, Naturalization/Citizenship Replacement Document

Immigration attorneys will make sure that your application is complete and USCIS will accept and process your application.

Attorney will file your application online (where applicable) or mail paper application to USCIS.

USCIS fees are not included in SelfLawyer’s fees.

You will pay USCIS fees separately as directed by your attorney.

What services are not included?

SelfLawyer is a U.S. company that provides online immigration forms preparation services.

Immigration attorney who will review and prepare your immigration application will not represent you in person at your USCIS or U.S. embassy interview.

Your attorney will provide you information on how to prepare for your interview and what questions you can expect from a USCIS officer or consular officer.

USCIS fees are not included in SelfLawyer’s fees.

You will need to pay USCIS directly all applicable fees.

Cost of the document’s translation is not included in SelfLawyer’s fees.

Who can file Form N-565?

If U.S. citizen’s original certificate of Citizenship/Naturalization was lost, stolen or requires corrections, they can file Form N-565 to replace their original certificate.

How much does it cost to file Form N-565?

Form N-565 fee: $555.

SelfLawyer’s fees are not included.

How long does the Form N-565 processing take?

Texas Service Center processing time: 6 Months to 8 Months.

Nebraska Service Center processing time: 17 Months to 22 Months.

What documents do I need to submit?
  • Two identical passport-style photographs
  • Your original document or certificate if you are applying for a new or replacement document due to a name, date of birth, or gender change
  • A copy of the original document if you are applying for replacement of a lost, stolen, or destroyed document (if applicable)
  • A police report or a sworn statement if you are applying for replacement of a lost, stolen, or destroyed document
  • Evidence of a USCIS typographical or clerical error (if applicable)
  • Evidence of your legal name change (if applicable)
  • Evidence of your legal date of birth change (if applicable)
  • Evidence of your legal gender change (if applicable)
  • Evidence of your marital status change (if applicable)
  • A copy of your original naturalization certificate if applying for special certificate of naturalization

Form I-730 | Refugee/Asylee Relative Petition

What services are included?

SelfLawyer is a U.S. company that provides online immigration forms preparation services.

Experienced U.S. licensed immigration attorneys will prepare and review the following form and supporting documents:

  • Form I-730, Refugee/Asylee Relative Petition

Immigration attorneys will make sure that your application is complete and USCIS will accept and process your application.

Attorney will file your application online (where applicable) or mail paper application to USCIS.

USCIS fees are not included in SelfLawyer’s fees.

You will pay USCIS fees separately as directed by your attorney.

What services are not included?

SelfLawyer is a U.S. company that provides online immigration forms preparation services.

Immigration attorney who will review and prepare your immigration application will not represent you in person at your USCIS or U.S. embassy interview.

Your attorney will provide you information on how to prepare for your interview and what questions you can expect from a USCIS officer or consular officer.

USCIS fees are not included in SelfLawyer’s fees.

You will need to pay USCIS directly all applicable fees.

Cost of the document’s translation is not included in SelfLawyer’s fees.

Who can file Form I-730?

You can petition to bring your spouse and unmarried children under age 21 to the U.S. using Form I-730 if:

  • You are a refugee
  • You were granted asylum

You have two years from your grant of asylum or refugee status to file Form I-730.

How much does it cost to file Form I-730?

There’s no fee to file Form I-730.

SelfLawyer’s fees are not included.

How long does the process take?

Nebraska Service Center processing time: 10.5 months – 14 months.

Texas Service Center processing time: 33 months – 42.5 months.

What documents do I need to submit?
  • Proof of your status as an asylee or refugee in the United States
  • One passport-style photograph of every family member for whom you are filing
  • Primary evidence of a family relationship:
    • Husband or wife: A copy of your marriage certificate, a copy of your spouse’s birth certificate, evidence you each legally terminated previous marriages (if applicable), and evidence of legal name changes (if applicable)
    • Mother and child: A copy of your child’s birth certificate showing their name and your name, and evidence of legal name changes if the names on the birth certificate do not match the names on the petition
    • Father and child: A copy of your child’s birth certificate showing the child’s name and your name and a copy of your marriage certificate if you were married to the child’s mother. Otherwise, submit evidence that the child was legitimated by civil authorities and that a bona fide parent/child relationship exists.
    • Stepchild: A copy of your child’s birth certificate, a copy of the marriage certificate between you and the child’s natural parent, and evidence of legal name changes (if applicable)
    • Adopted child: A certified copy of the adoption decree, evidence that you lived with the child for at least two years, a certified copy of the court order granting custody (if applicable), and evidence of legal name changes (if applicable)
  • If primary evidence is not available from civil authorities (or if secondary evidence along with a statement from civil authorities stating that the required documents are not available), submit a:
    • Religious institution record;
    • School record; or
    • Census record.
  • Affidavits, if secondary evidence is not available
  • A copy of both sides of your alien relative’s Form I-94, Arrival-Departure Record, if they are in the United States