1. Completed Form I-130:
This is the main form for filing a petition for an alien relative and must be filled out completely with accurate information.
2. Proof of U.S. Citizenship or Permanent Residency Status:
A copy of a valid United States passport, birth certificate, green card, or other proof of immigration status must be provided to show that the petitioning spouse is qualified to file the petition on behalf of their foreign spouse.
3. Passport Copies of Sponsor and Beneficiary:
Copies of both spouses’ passports must be included to confirm identity and eligibility for entry into the US if approved.
4. Marriage Certificate:
A copy of the original marriage certificate issued by the government of the country where the marriage took place must be submitted as proof that the couple is legally married.
5. Evidence of Financial Support:
This includes evidence of income to demonstrate that the US sponsor can provide financial support for their foreign spouse if they are approved for entry into the US.
6. Proof of Eligibility for U.S. Residence:
Documents such as police records, military records, or other documents may need to be provided depending on any special qualifications needed to be eligible for a visa and entry into the United States.
7. Other Supporting Documentation:
Any additional documents required by USCIS must also be included with a complete I-130 checklist for spouses to ensure the petition is properly submitted and all necessary information is included.