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  • 20002012, ImmigrationLinks.com, Inc. P a g e | 1

    PERMANENT RESIDENCE FOR THE

    UNMARRIED CHILD UNDER

    THE AGE OF 21 OF A U.S. CITIZEN

    FOR UNMARRIED CHILD(REN) WHO WILL ADJUST

    STATUS IN THE UNITED STATES

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  • Permanent Residence for the Unmarried Child under the Age of 21 of a U.S. Citizen (For Persons who will Adjust Status in the United States)

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    NOTE

    THIS PRODUCT PREVIEW FOR THE iKITTM

    HAS BEEN MODIFIED TO SHOW SELECTED

    PAGES AND DOES NOT REPRESENT THE

    iKITTM IN ITS ENTIRETY.

    THIS iKITTM HAS 92 PAGES IN TOTAL, TOGETHER

    WITH LINKS TO ALL OF THE REQUIRED

    IMMIGRATION FORMS, STATUTES, AND

    REGULATIONS, AND CONTAINS LINE-BY-LINE

    INSTRUCTIONS FOR COMPLETION OF ALL OF THE

    REQUIRED FORMS.

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    TABLE OF CONTENTS

    SECTION I IKIT OVERVIEW ................................................................................................................................... 5

    A. WHO SHOULD FILE / USE THIS IKIT? ........................................................................................................................ 5 B. WHO CANT FILE? ................................................................................................................................................ 5 C. WHAT IS LAWFUL PERMANENT RESIDENCE (GREEN CARD) AND ITS BENEFITS? ................................................................. 6 D. VISA AVAILABILITY ................................................................................................................................................ 6 E. CHILD STATUS PROTECTION ACT (CSPA) .................................................................................................................. 6 F. PROCESS OVERVIEW ............................................................................................................................................. 6 G. DEFINITIONS ........................................................................................................................................................ 7

    SECTION II IMMIGRATION FORMS, DOCUMENTS & EVIDENCE ............................................................................ 9

    A. FORMS OVERVIEW ............................................................................................................................................... 9 B. REQUIRED DOCUMENTS AND EVIDENCE FOR FORMS AND/OR INTERVIEW ...................................................................... 10

    1. PROOF OF PETITIONERS U.S. CITIZENSHIP ......................................................................................................... 10 2. PROOF OF PARENT-CHILD RELATIONSHIP AND IDENTITY DOCUMENTS FOR ALIEN CHILD(REN) ........................................ 11 3. TRANSLATIONS .............................................................................................................................................. 13 4. PHOTOS ....................................................................................................................................................... 14 5. MEDICAL EXAM OF ALIEN CHILD(REN) ............................................................................................................... 14

    SECTION III IMMIGRATION LAWS ...................................................................................................................... 16

    A. INA 101 - DEFINITIONS [8 U.S.C.A. 1101] ...................................................................................................... 16 B. INA 201 WORLDWIDE LEVEL OF IMMIGRATION [8 U.S.C. 1151] ...................................................................... 18 C. INA 204 - PROCEDURE FOR GRANTING IMMIGRANT STATUS [8 U.S.C. 1154] ....................................................... 19 D. INA 205 - REVOCATION OF APPROVAL OF PETITIONS; EFFECTIVE DATE [8 U.S.C. 1155] ........................................... 21 E. INA 245 ADJUSTMENT OF STATUS OF NONIMMIGRANT TO THAT OF PERSON ADMITTED FOR PERMANENT RESIDENCE [8

    U.S.C. 1255]................................................................................................................................................. 21

    SECTION IV FILLING OUT THE FORMS ................................................................................................................. 26

    A. GENERAL TIPS .................................................................................................................................................... 26 B. I-130 PETITION FOR ALIEN RELATIVE (MANDATORY FORM) .................................................................................... 28

    1. LINE BY LINE INSTRUCTIONS FOR FORM I-130 (TO BE COMPLETED BY THE US CITIZEN PETITIONER) ................................ 28 2. CHECKLIST FOR FORM I130 ........................................................................................................................... 33

    C. I-485 PETITION FOR ALIEN CHILD TO REGISTER FOR PERMANENT RESIDENCE (MANDATORY FORM) ................................ 34 1. LINE BY LINE INSTRUCTIONS FOR FORM I-485 (THIS FORM IS TO BE COMPLETED BY EACH ALIEN CHILD) .......................... 34 2. CHECKLIST FOR FORM I485 ........................................................................................................................... 45

    D. G-325A BIOGRAPHIC INFORMATION (MANDATORY FORMS FOR BOTH ALIEN CHILD) .................................................... 46 1. LINE BY LINE INSTRUCTIONS FOR G-325A ALIEN CHILD (MANDATORY FORM) ........................................................ 46 2. CHECKLIST FOR G325a ................................................................................................................................. 49

    E. I-864 AFFIDAVIT OF SUPPORT (MANDATORY FORM) ............................................................................................. 50 1. GUIDELINES FOR I-864 AFFIDAVIT OF SUPPORT ................................................................................................... 50 2. IF YOU DO NOT MEET THE GUIDELINES ............................................................................................................... 50 3. INSTRUCTIONS FOR SAMPLE LETTER FROM U.S. CITIZENS / SPONSORS EMPLOYER .................................................... 50 4. LINE BY LINE INSTRUCTIONS FOR FORM I-864 (THIS FORM IS TO BE COMPLETED BY THE US CITIZEN PETITIONER).............. 51 5. CHECKLIST FOR FORM I-864 ............................................................................................................................ 58

    F. I864A CONTRACT BETWEEN SPONSOR AND HOUSEHOLD MEMBER (OPTIONAL FORM) .............................................. 59 1. WHAT IS A SPONSOR? ................................................................................................................................. 59 2. WHO IS THE HOUSEHOLD MEMBER? ............................................................................................................. 59 3. LINE BY LINE INSTRUCTIONS ON COMPLETING FORM I-864A (OPTIONAL FORM) ....................................................... 60

    G. I-765 APPLICATION FOR EMPLOYMENT AUTHORIZATION (THIS FORM IS FOR THE ALIEN CHILD) (OPTIONAL FORM) ............ 64 1. LINE BY LINE INSTRUCTIONS FOR FORM I-765 (TO BE COMPLETED BY THE ALIEN CHILD) ............................................... 64

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    SECTION I iKIT OVERVIEW

    A. WHO SHOULD FILE / USE THIS iKIT?

    US Citizens may use this iKit to petition for their alien child(ren) who are under 21 years

    of age and are unmarried. The US Citizen must be a parent [INA 101(b)(2)] by reason of his / her relationship to a child INA 101(b)(1) at the time their relationship was established. That parent-child relationship must continue to exist at the time when

    the immigration petition is filed.

    If the alien child(ren) becomes 21 years old or older after a petition has been filed, the

    Child Status Protection Act (CSPA) will preserve the alien childs age as under 21 for immigration purposes. However, if the child gets married prio

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