The New I-130 & I-130A Forms

What changes did USCIS make to the I-130?

It’s way longer. The old form was only two pages long; the new form is 12 pages. The form is longer because:

  • USCIS made some formatting and design changes intended to make the form more visually appealing and supposedly easier to fill out
  • They added questions about the petitioner’s background and biographic information
  • There are new declarations and certifications required of the petitioner, interpreter and/or preparer; they are asked to give their contact information as well as certify that the information they provided is complete, true and correct
**What questions got added?** USCIS now asks for the address and employment history of the petitioner for the previous five years. They also ask for more information on the petitioner’s parents, any current or former spouses, as well as ethnicity, race, height, weight, eye color, and hair color.

The New I-130 no longer uses the G-325 and G-325A as a supporting document. The G-325 and G-325A Biographic Information forms are no longer required. The petitioner’s biographic information is now collected on a new form that USCIS released, the I-130A, Supplemental Information for Spouse Beneficiary. This form must be submitted with every I-130 spouse case.

Learn More about the I-130 & I-130A Here