U.S. Immigration Advisor
BECOME A U.S. CITIZEN AFTER FILLING AN I-130 PETITION FOR MY WIFE , WHAT SHOULD I DO ?
QUESTION: I have filed a petition I-130 for my wife,She is living in Punjab,India. When I filed the I-130 petition, I was a permanent resident. But now I have become U.S. Citizen. What's the procedure for having USCIS to process my I-130 as the Spouse of a US Citizen?
The Immigration Advisor - Samar : When an I-130 is filed under the F-2A as a spouse of the US permanent resident, along with the applicant later naturalized and becomes a US citizen, the I-130 petition automatically goes to the immediate relative category.
However, the USCIS office that approved the application for naturalization will not notify the USCIS office, which process the I-130 petition, or the petitioner must notify USCIS that you have become the US citizen. This can be done by sending a copy of the Naturalization Certificate, along with a copy of the I-130 receipt notification to the USCIS Service Center, along with a letter asking them to update the I-130 petition currently that the petitioner is a Citizen. The address where to send notification is listed at the bottom of the I-130 Receipt Notice or the I-130 Approval Notice, although if you have received a Notice of Transfer telling you the I-130 was transferred to another USCIS office, check address list available at USCIS website.
But if you are working with an immigration attorney for the I-130 petition, you must inform your attorney about your new U.S. citizen status and follow their instructions.
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