This form is filed by U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents for their alien relatives who wish to immigrate to the U.S. The I-130 immigrant petition is used to establish the existence of a qualifying family relationship between the petitioning U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident and the foreign relative.
The I-130 form filing fee will not be waived and it is also not refundable. The fee needs to be paid in exact amounts but not in cash. Applicants can use a check or money order to pay the fee. Applicants will need to submit the fee for biometrics services only if they are notified that they will need to appear for their biometrics appointment. In that case, they will receive a letter with instructions on how to submit the fee for this service.
U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents sponsoring more than one qualifying relative, will have to file separate immigrant petitions for each of the relatives that they are sponsoring. The filing fee must also be paid separately for each relative who is sponsored.
If the beneficiary relative is in the U.S. and if they are eligible for adjustment of status, they will need to file a separate application for that along with the I-130 application. They will have to file Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status and pay the fee for this form separately.