The forms for the spousal visa process, like any government forms, can be intimidating. The important thing to do is carefully follow instructions if you are doing it yourself, or choose professional assistance from an agency or attorney that is very experienced with the forms, how to properly fill them out, and when and how to submit them to the government.
The importance of the accuracy and quality to which all forms are filled out cannot be overstated. Many people seek assistance to avoid a “Request for Evidence” (RFE), which is one of the main reasons a petition has a long timeline.
|I-130||Petition for Alien Relative|
|G-1145||e-Notification of Application/Petition Acceptance (Optional)|
|DS-260||Immigrant Visa Electronic Application|
|DS-261||Online Choice of Address and Agent|
|I-864||Affidavit of Support|
The I-130 is an important form needed to kickstart your spousal visa process. You file this form to the USCIS along with a $535 filing fee.
You will need to include two Form G-325As with your spousal visa petition. This form gives the USCIS biographic information about you and your spouse, in order to conduct a background check.
An optional form is the G-1145. File this if you want the USCIS to electronically notify you they have received your immigration application. This speeds up your notification and avoids paper.
During the NVC phase, you will electronically file the “Immigrant Visa and Alien Registration Application”.
Also during the NVC phase, you will need to electronically file “Online Choice of Address and Agent”.
The “Affidavit of Support” is required to ensure the alien beneficiary has adequate financial support in the U.S. and is not likely to rely on the U.S. government for financial needs in the future.