Filing Form I-130 with USCIS London

The ONLY acceptable forms of payment will be (1) U.S. Bank Cashier’s checks; (2) US Bank or U.S. Post Office money order; (3) International bank draft in USD or (4) Credit Cards using our credit card payment form.
All checks must be made out to: U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY.

Purpose:
To establish your relationship to a relative who wishes to immigrate to the United States.

Who May File or Receive Service:
U.S. citizens meeting the UK Residency Requirement (valid UK Residency Card; EU passport; US military PCS orders) AND residing in the United Kingdom filing on behalf of their spouse, unmarried child under the age of 21 or parent (if the U.S. citizen is 21 years of age or older).

U.S. citizens residing in this field office’s jurisdiction but outside of the United Kingdom may file with the U.S. Embassy or Consulate having jurisdiction over the U.S. citizen’s place of residence if the USCIS London field office director determines that there are exceptional circumstances.

Active duty U.S. Military: Active duty U.S. military service members stationed permanently at a military base in USCIS London’s jurisdiction, but outside of the UK, may file this form directly with the Department of State without needing to establish exceptional circumstances.

Planning Ahead: U.S. petitioners who are planning on filing for their foreign spouses/children for immigrant visas to relocate to the United States should file the Petition for Alien Relative (Form I-130) a minimum of ten (10) months prior to the date of the plan relocation.

Filing and Other Special Instructions:

Residents of the United Kingdom filing with USCIS London must submit the petition and supporting evidence by mail to:

USCIS Field Office – London (I-130)
Embassy of the United States of America
24 Grosvenor Square
London W1K 6AH

Download and utilize the following checklists to file Form I-130; they contain easy-to-follow detailed instructions.

There is no checklist for sister or brother as we no longer accept or process sibling petitions.

Forms

Evidence of residency must be submitted with the petition. The evidence you submit must support a determination that you are a resident in the United Kingdom.
Please Note: Certain pieces of evidence may more strongly support a finding of residency than others. For petitions filed at this field office, you must submit one or more of the following:

  • Passport entry stamp
  • Residency permit or card
  •  Military orders

In addition, other evidence of residency may include, but is not limited to:

  •     Utility bills
  •     Housing lease
  •     Work contract or other employment documents
  •     Proof of local registration
  •     Bank statements
  •     Proof of school enrollment
  •    Vehicle registration
  •     Valid local driver’s license
  •     Tax documents
  •     Foreign property deeds or registration (although proof of property ownership in itself may be insufficient if there is no evidence that the petitioner resides at that property)

Any document issued in a foreign language must be accompanied by a full English translation and by the translator’s certification that he or she is competent to translate the foreign language into English. The original documents, with one copy of the original, and the English translation should be submitted with the petition. Any original documents submitted upon USCIS’ request will be returned.

If you live outside of the UK in a country where we do not have an office, and you believe that exceptional circumstances justify filing your petition overseas, please go to the nearest U.S. Embassy or consulate, with evidence of exceptional circumstances, to make your request to file. The consular section will contact the field office director to request permission to accept your petition overseas. If your request is denied, you will need to file with the Chicago Lockbox.

Petitions from lawful permanent residents and petitions for relatives of U.S. citizens other than those mentioned in the “Who May File or Receive Service” section must be filed with the Chicago Lockbox.

Rejection of I-130
The Form I-130 will be rejected and returned to you for the following reasons:

  • United States citizen petitioner did not sign Part 6 – 6a
  • Incorrect form of payment
  • Petitioner does not meet UK Residency requirement

Processing Times

  • Upon receipt of Form I-130, an email receipt notice will be sent to the U.S. citizen or his/her designated attorney of record (if a Form G-28 is provided) confirming the date the Form I-130 was officially filed with the London Field Office.
  • All I-130’s are adjudicated in the order that they are filed.
  • Current processing times for the I-130 at the London Field Office is between 75- 90 days.

What happens after the Form I-130 is approved?
Filing Form I-130 is only the first step of a two-part process. When a Form I-130 or I-360 is approved, the petitioner will receive a Notice of Approval. The original Form I-130 or I-360 will normally be transferred to the Immigrant Visa Unit at the US Consulate in the country where the beneficiary resides (unless the petitioner has specified otherwise on Form I-130). The U.S Consulate will then process the immediate relative beneficiary for an immigrant visa.