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Requirements for Filing I-130 petition


We only determine whether the petitioner’s circumstances meet the criteria for a special exception for filing an immigrant visa petition (I-130) at post. Due to the recent change the only conditions under which I-130 petitions may be filed at post are when they are petitions from American Citizens who are members of the U.S. military stationed in the country of residence (this type of case requires a copy of the petitioner’s orders) or when an emergency or humanitarian situation exists.

American citizens who do not fulfill the above requirements to file an immigrant visa petition (I-130) for a spouse, child, or stepchild at this post, must file their petitions with the USCIS office with jurisdiction over their residence in the United States. USCIS district addresses are listed on the I-130 instructions. Additional information can also be obtained by visiting: http://www.uscis.gov

For all petitioners residing overseas in countries in which USCIS does not have a field office, petitioners must file their Forms I-130 petitions by mail with the USCIS Chicago Lockbox.

USCIS Chicago Lockbox addresses for regular mail deliveries:

P.O. Box 804625
Chicago, IL 60680-4107

USCIS Chicago Lockbox address for express mail and courier deliveries: USCIS
Attn: I-130
131 South Dearborn-3rd Floor
Chicago, IL 60603-5517

For additional information about how to file a Form I-130 with the USCIS Chicago lockbox, please see the USCIS website at http://www.uscis.gov or contact USCIS by phone at 1-800-375-5283.

How to File an I-130 Petition in Dhaka

Those who wish to file an I-130 Immigrant Visa petition in Dhaka must send an email to dhakapetitions@state.gov with the following information to schedule an appointment to submit the I-130 petition:

Name, Date of Birth and Passport number of the United States citizen
Purpose of stay in Bangladesh for the United States Citizen
Name and relationship of the beneficiary to the U.S. citizen

The Consular Office will forward your request to the Department of Homeland Security to decide whether the petitioner’s circumstances meet the criteria for a special exception for filing an immigrant visa petition (I-130) at post.  If your request is approved we will schedule for an appointment and advise accordingly.

The U.S. citizen petitioner must appear in person to file an I-130. A power of attorney cannot be used on the petitioner’s behalf to turn in the petition. The alien relative/beneficiary must also appear at the Embassy or Consulate when the I-130 is submitted. Once the petition has been accepted, the U.S. citizen does not need to return to the Embassy or Consulate again. The alien relative/beneficiary will have to come back to complete the application process.