Purpose of Form
If you have been admitted to the United States as a principal refugee or if you were granted status in the United States as a principle asylee within the previous two years, you may file a Form I-730 to request follow-to-join benefits for your spouse and/or unmarried children under 21 years of age only. In some cases, USCIS may grant a waiver of the 2-year filing deadline for humanitarian reasons. See Form I-730 instructions (linked above) for further information.
Number of Pages
Form 8; Instructions 7.
05/30/17. Starting 9/15/2017, we will only accept the 05/30/17 edition. Until then, you can use the 04/09/15 edition. You can find the edition date at the bottom of the page on the form and instructions.
Where to File
|If you live in:||Then mail your petition to:|
Nebraska Service Center
District of Columbia
U.S. Virgin Islands
|Texas Service Center
P.O. Box 852824
Mesquite, TX 75185
Don’t forget to sign your form! We will reject any unsigned form.
All USCIS international field offices now adjudicate Form I-730 petitions for beneficiaries they interview. Find a list of countries with USCIS field offices on the International Immigration Offices webpage. When USCIS service centers transfer a case to an international field office for adjudication, we will send a transfer notice to the petitioner and any representative identifying the USCIS international field office responsible for adjudicating the Form I-730.
Once the international field office receives the petition, we will notify the petitioner, the beneficiary, and any representative, and will provide further processing instructions. Due to customs delays, it may take up to two months for transferred cases to reach a USCIS international field office.
It is important to notify the appropriate international field office if the contact information for the petitioner, representative or beneficiary changes. The contact information for the international field offices is listed on that office’s specific webpage.
In the past, USCIS service centers adjudicated all I-730 petitions, then sent the cases abroad so the beneficiaries could be interviewed for travel eligibility. (This process is still followed for beneficiaries interviewed by the Department of State/Consular Affairs, i.e., where the beneficiary is interviewed in a country without a USCIS field office.) In a phased approach, we transferred responsibility for the final adjudication of the I-730 petitions from USCIS service centers to USCIS international field offices for cases where the beneficiary is interviewed by an USCIS international field office, as opposed to DOS Consular Affairs post. (Service centers will continue to issue Notices of Intent to Deny in cases where they discover evidence supporting a denial during the service center review of the case.)
This process improvement does not change the requirements for the Form I-730 petition. Likewise, it does not alter processing times and will not place additional requirements on petitioners, beneficiaries, and representatives.
Phase one of this process began on April 1, 2014, and only involved cases with beneficiaries residing in China. Phase two began on June 13, 2016, and involved cases with beneficiaries living in countries with USCIS international field offices, except for Haiti, Thailand, and Kenya. On Sept. 1, 2017, it expanded to include beneficiaries living in Haiti and beneficiaries living in Syria who requested to be interviewed in Jordan. As of July 10, 2017, phase two further expanded to include beneficiaries living in Thailand and Kenya, as well as those living in Eritrea and Somalia who request to be interviewed in Kenya.
This page can be found at https://www.uscis.gov/i-730
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