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The I-130 form is a form to petition for an alien relative. It's a form that you usually submit to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services to petition for a close relative who is intending to immigrate to the US. A cover letter for I-130 forms is not always needed, but when concurrent filing I-130 and I-485, cover letter documents can be helpful to explain the situation. The same can be said when you're only filing one of the two sets of paperwork.

If you're thinking about writing a cover letter for I-130, this article should be able to help point you in the right direction.

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I-130 Cover Letter Sample (Text)

Below you'll find a sample cover letter for I-130, this is the most basic form of an I-130 cover letter, which should always be included in the document package, with the addition of a small amount of detail outlining the circumstances:

Your address
City
State
Zip Code
Month Day, Year

USCIS
Attn: I-130
Address of place of filing
City
State
Zip Code

Re: I-130, Petition for Alien Relative
Petitioner: Your full name
Relative: Their full name

Dear Sir/Madame,

I am writing to inform you that I have enclosed Form I-130 to petition on behalf of (Relative's full name). I, (Your full name), am a United States citizen, and (Relative's full name) is my (name your relationship type).

Included in this package are the following supporting documents for the I-130 petition:

  1. A check payable to the USCIS for the amount of (Amount in USD) to cover the filing fee for this petition.
  2. A completed I-130 form to petition for my alien relative.
  3. A Naturalization certificate for myself, the petitioner.
  4. A copy of my birth certificate.
  5. A copy of my U.S. passport.
  6. A copy of my U.S. driver's license.
  7. The birth certificate of my relative.
  8. A certified translation of my relative's birth certificate.

If you have any further questions, please contact me at (Your phone number). Thank you for your consideration regarding this I-130 petition.

Yours sincerely,
(Sign your name)
(Print your full name)

Now, on a separate page, if you had certain circumstances you wished to explain, you would write something like this:

Your address
City
State
Zip Code
Month Day, Year

USCIS
Attn: I-130
Address of place of filing
City
State
Zip Code

Re: I-130, Petition for Alien Relative circumstance explanation
Petitioner: Your full name
Relative: Their full name

Dear Sir/Madame,

To give you some insight into the details of why I am petitioning for my relative, please allow me to say this:

The relative in question is my mother, and she has fallen under some difficult times. She is currently positioning to immigrate to the United States following a job offer after the last company she worked for was brought out. She is a hard-working, dedicated person, and I know that she is already well under way to applying for citizenship.

I am hoping that by filling in the I-130 petition, I might be able to help her case.

Thank you for your time. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any concerns.

Yours sincerely,
(Sign your name)
(Print your full name)


Structure of an I-130 Cover Letter

The structure of an I-130 cover letter can be a little confusing, but we've put together a short guide for you in bullet points, so you can see exactly what you need to include:

  • Include your current postal address.
  • Date the letter.
  • Name the USCIS and note the petition number. (Line 1: "USCIS", line 2: "Attn: I-130".)
  • Add a subject line that notes the full title of the petition ("RE: I-130, Petition for Alien Relative"), your full name, and the full name of the relative in question.
  • Start your letter with a salutation.
  • Explain why you're writing to the USCIS.
  • Note the documents that are included in the package with the I-130 form.
  • Give a phone number for the USCIS to contact you on for further questions.
  • Thank the department for their time.
  • Closing salutation.
  • Sign-off with your full name, and sign.

If your relative's case is peculiar in any way, you may attach a secondary sheet explaining the circumstances. Start and end this letter the same way as the official I-130 cover letter.


Tips for Writing I-130 Cover Letter

  • The cover letter can have two parts. As shown above, if your relative has particular circumstances, you may include a separate cover letter.
  • The first cover letter is always needed. It highlights what is contained in the document package.
  • When providing details, keep your second letter short.
  • Do not plead, and do not waste the USCIS's time.
  • Always use full names as shown on birth certificates.
  • Always sign and date all documents.
  • Explain your current situation clearly. If it's a job you're relocating for, explain why you want to relocate. If it's a job requesting relocation, explain why you're happy to move.

With these tips and both cover letter for I-130 samples, you should easily be able to finish your I-130 filing.


How to Edit I-130 Cover Letter Template

To make a strong i-130 cover letter, you can download the PDF cover letter template in this page and then edit it with PDFelement. This great PDF editor will help you customize the texts, images, forms in the template and make it fit your experience perfectly.

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Step 1. Open the I-130 Cover Letter Template

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Step 2. Click on "Edit" and Enter Your Text as You Like

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