Form I-130A (officially called the “Supplemental Information for Spouse Beneficiary”) is a document used by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to gather additional background information about a spouse seeking a marriage-based green card. The form focuses on the past five years of their residential and employment history, as well as details about their parents.
The I-130A form — note the suffix, “A,” in its name — must be filed with the family sponsorship form (Form I-130, officially called the “Petition for Alien Relative”), the document it supplements, in a marriage-based green card application.
In this guide, we’ll explain everything you need to know about Form I-130A:
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How long does it take to process Form I-130A?
The I-130A processing time will be the same as that for the family sponsorship form because these forms will be filed together. There is no additional or separate processing time for the I-130A. (Boundless has a detailed guide on the timeline of the entire marriage-based green card process.)
Who needs to fill out the I-130A?
The spouse seeking a marriage-based green card must complete the I-130A form and include it with their family sponsorship form. If they live in the United States, they must sign the I-130A. If they live abroad, they must still complete and file the I-130A, but they aren’t required to sign it because the sponsoring spouse (the U.S. citizen or current green card holder) would be the one to send the form to USCIS.
Who doesn’t need to complete the I-130A?
Since the I-130A form is required specifically for the marriage-based green card, it’s not necessary for those filing a family sponsorship form for other kinds of relatives, such as children and parents.
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How and where should I submit my I-130A form?
The I-130A is filed with the family sponsorship form in a single application package, which is sent to one address. That address depends on where you live and whether you’re filing just a family sponsorship form (officially called a “standalone” I-130) or a family sponsorship form with a green card application, or Form I-485 (officially called a “concurrent filing”). USCIS provides a chart listing the appropriate address for each scenario.
What supporting documents are required for Form I-130A?
The supporting documents required for the I-130A are the same as those required for the family sponsorship form. You do not need to provide duplicates of those documents because they are part of the same application package.
According to the official I-130A instructions, you must provide a complete address and employment history for the past five years — without any gaps. That can be challenging for people who haven’t kept perfect records of their previous addresses and jobs (most people don’t), especially when they cover a period of five years. You’re lucky if you’ve lived and worked in the same place that whole time.
Fortunately, there are ways to track down these records. Boundless has detailed guides on completing both your residential history and your employment history, with helpful tips for finding this information from various sources and dealing with incomplete records.
The I-130A isn’t a lengthy form (only six pages). It is, however, a necessary part of any marriage-based green card application, so it’s important to make sure that all the information you enter in the I-130A is accurate.
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