Local Filing of Form I-130 Petitions Filed by U.S. Citizens on Behalf of Afghan, Ethiopian, and Ukrainian Immediate Relatives

On March 17, 2022, the Biden Administration announced that U.S. citizens living overseas with immediate family members, but have not yet filed I-130 petitions, may file at a local U.S. embassy or consulate to process the immigrant visa. Eligible immediate relatives consist of spouses, unmarried children under the age of 21, and parents who fled Afghanistan after August 2, 2021; Ethiopia after November 1, 2020; or Ukraine after February 1, 2022. Local filing can expedite the overall processing of these cases.


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