USCIS Form Sample

Updated on 03/21/2021

Immigration-related forms are complicated. There are more than 100 USCIS forms and dozens of DOS forms. If you are the first time to fill out any of them, most likely you will get confused and have many questions when you do your paper work. Here, we provide form sample for the mostly used USCIS forms and DOS forms. All of these form samples are prepared by skilled immigration attorneys. 

Form I-130 Sample

Form I-130 is one of the most often used USCIS forms. Its complete form name is Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative. I-130 is an application form to be used in almost all family-based immigration, include the following immigrant petition types: 

  • If you are a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident (green card holder), and you help your spouse obtain a green card, widely known as spousal green card, spousal visa, green card through marriage, marriage-based green card. Free to check your eligibility here
  • If you are a U.S. citizen, and you help your child obtain a green card. According the immigration law, child includes biological child, stepchild, and adopted child as well under certain circumstances. You can free check eligibility about green card for child through without providing any personal information. 
  • If you are a U.S. citizen, you can help your parent apply for green card. Similarly, parent can be biological, step or adoptive parent. Free to check whether you are qualified to apply green card for parent.
  • If you are a U.S. citizen, you even can help your sibling to become a lawful permanent resident. Check your eligibility now!
  • If you are a lawful permanent resident, your unmarried child could obtain a green card. Learn more here. Unfortunately, a married child of green card holder is not eligible to apply for green card based on the family-based petition.

The Form I-130 sample provided here is used by a U.S. citizen who is sponsoring a green card for his wife. Actually, I-130 forms for the above types of family petition are pretty similar to each other. You can use this I-130 sample as reference when you fill out the I-130 form.   

Form I-130A Sample

Form I-130A, Supplement Information for Spouse Beneficiary, is required if you are sponsoring green card for spouse. In other words, Form I-130A must be submitted with Form I-130 at the same time. You, as the U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident complete and sign the I-130 form while your foreign spouse should complete and sign the I-130A form. If your foreign spouse is residing outside the United States, his or her signature can be waived when you file the two forms with USCIS.

The Form I-130A sample provided here is used by a U.S. citizen who is helping his spouse apply for green card. The foreign spouse was physically in the United States when filing the form.

Form I-485 Sample

Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status, is used by green card candidates who have been inside the United States. I-485 application is also known as adjustment of status (AOS) application, which means foreign nationals obtain their lawful permanent resident status (green card) by adjusting their status.

There are various green card categories available to foreign nationals to apply for. As such, 35 types of filing categories are listed in the Form I-485. Commonly known filing categories include family-based, employment-based, special immigrant, refugee or asylum-based, diversity visa program (green card lottery).

To be eligible to file I-485, applicants should enter the United States legally and have continuously maintained their legal status (but this rule has some exceptions), and have proof of filing basis. In addition, green card applicants must be admissible to the United States. Generally, grounds of inadmissibility include infectious deceases, criminal records, visa fraud, member or participants of terrorist, communism or other special groups, activities or parties. Free to check your I-485 eligibility here.

If foreign nationals apply for green card through marrying a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident, they can file I-130 and I-485 at the same time (concurrent filing). For other categories of family-based and job green card applications, foreigners cannot file their I-485 until an immigrant visa number is current or available.  

Here is a Form I-485 sample filed by a foreign spouse whose spouse is a U.S. citizen. Its filing category is immediate relative spouse of a U.S. citizen, Form I-130.

Form I-864 Sample

Form I-864, Affidavit of Support is required for nearly all family-based immigration and certain employment-based immigration. For family-based immigration, the petitioner of I-130, namely, a U.S. citizen or green card holder who sponsors green card for their qualified relative should prepare an I-864.

The purpose of Form I-864 is to provide a promise of green card sponsorship to the U.S. government. If the sponsored immigrants become a public charge to the United States, the federal government has the right to sue the sponsor for compensation.

If the immigration petitioner doesn’t have enough income or assets to meet the immigration sponsorship under I-864, joint sponsor (co-sponsor) can be provided. A joint sponsor must be a U.S. citizen, U.S. national or green card holder. The joint sponsor must complete their own Form I-864 and undertake the same sponsorship responsibility as the primary sponsor.

The sponsor of the Form I-864 sample below is a U.S. citizen and he is sponsoring his spouse apply for marriage green card.  

Form I-944 Sample (No longer required)

Form I-944, Declaration of Self-Sufficiency is a new form related to public charge rule. It started to be implemented on February 24, 2020. Almost all family-based and employment-based green card applicants need to finish an I-944. Green card applicants have to provide extensive information and documentation to prove they are not likely to become public charge in the United States.

Since its implementation, Form I-944 and new public charge rule have been challenged in the courts for several times. Some policy analysts also forecast its revocation by the Biden administration sooner or later.

Form I-765 Sample

Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization can be used by foreigners to apply for work permit, or called employment authorization document (EAD).

In the United States, non-U.S. citizens can work legally as long as they have either of three documents: green card, work permit and work visa. Surprisingly, there are more than 50 types of filing categories under Form I-765. Each EAD filing category has its own eligibility requirement. The eligibility category of the Form I-765 sample provided here is (c)(9), which is based on a pending I-485 application (exclude an I-485 application filed by refugee or asylee).

Applicants can request a Social Security Number in the Form I-765 if they have never been issued a SSN. EAD card and SSN card will be mailed to applicants separately upon the approval of their I-765 application.

Form I-131 Sample

Form I-131, Application for Travel Document, is used to apply for several types of travel document issued by USCIS. U.S. travel documents include reentry permit, advance parole, refugee travel document.  

Only lawful permanent resident (green card holder) can apply for reentry permit. It is highly recommended for green card holders to apply for reentry permit if they intend to stay outside the United States for more than 6 months.

There are several types of advance parole issued by USCIS. Advance Parole based on a pending I-485 application and Advance Parole of DACA are mostly known to immigrants. With a valid Advance Parole, holders can re-enter the U.S. without a visa. However, travel with Advance Parole is not always safe, and might bring troubles to their green care applications under some circumstances.  

Refugee travel document can be used as an alternative document to passport. So if a refugee or asylee in the United States fails to obtain a passport, they can apply for refugee travel document. Refugee travel document can also be issued to refugee or asylee who doesn’t have a green card yet. With a refugee travel document, they can re-enter the U.S. after their temporary international travel.

The Form I-131 sample provided below is used to apply for advance parole based on a pending I-485 adjustment of status application.

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Form I-90 Sample

Form I-90, Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card, can be used to replace green card if green card is lost, destroyed, mutilated, or basic information such as name or gender has been legally changed which warrants a new green card. Form I-90 also can be used to renew green card if green card is expired or expiring.

However, if the green card is two year conditional green card, one must use Form I-751 to renew the two year green card. Such petition is also called remove conditions on green card.

Form I-129F Sample

Form I-129F, Petition for Alien Fiancé(e) is used by U.S. citizens to help their foreign fiancé or fiancée obtain K1 visa. With a K1 visa, foreign fiancé or fiancée can enter the U.S. to marry the sponsoring citizen and then apply for green card based on marriage. As such, K1 visa is also known as fiancé visa.

Compared with a marriage visa (immigrant visa for spouse), K1 visa process is a little bit faster and thus foreign fiancé could arrive in the U.S. sooner. Nevertheless, it will take much more time for the foreign fiancé to obtain green card through K1 visa process.

Form I-129 Sample

Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker is filed by U.S. employers to help alien workers get work visa in the United States. The Form I-129 is a very long form with 42 pages in total. It can be used to apply for all types of U.S. working visa such as H-1B, H-2A, L-1, O-1, TN, E-1, E-2, P1, P2, P3, R-1, and so on.

Here we provide a Form I-129 sample used to petition H-1B visa.

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