Family Third Preference (F3)


Married Sons and Daughters of U.S. Citizens:  23,400, plus any numbers not required by first and second preferences.

You may file for a person in the following categories:

Under the F3 preference category, you may file an I-130 petition for Married Sons and Daughters of U.S. Citizens(including stepchild and adopted child, spouse and children of Married Sons and Daughters of U.S. Citizens

The applicant shall meet the following requirements:

1) must be an adult American citizen.

2) U.S. citizens are willing to provide economic guarantee to the U.S. government to ensure the life of the beneficiary in the United States, and the applicant will not become a burden to the U.S. public.

Visa bulletin:

According to Visa Bulletin For November 2019,the beneficiary should wait about 12 years.You must wait for your priority date in your immigrant visa category to become current. Your priority date is the date when the Form I-130 is properly filed (with correct fee and signature) on your behalf by your U.S. permanent resident relative.Then, the beneficiary can apply for I-485 or Consular Process. (November 2019) (October 2019) 2019) 2019)

The application process


Preliminary assessment

Potential clients will receive the result in one business day.


Sign the agreement and prepare the materials.

Time for preparation: 15 days to 1 months.


Submit all the materials to USCIS.


Receive the receipt notice.


Situation 1: I-130 is approved by USCIS.

Situation 2: I-130 is denied by USCIS.

Situation 3: Request for Evidence. The response must be received by USCIS within 89 days.


Situation 1: In the United States, the clients can submit I-485 application.If the beneficiary stays in the United States, she/he should have legal status, such as H-1B, F-1 visa.

Situation 2: Outside the United States, the clients pay NVC filing fee, submit DS-260, notarization and other materials to the National Visa Center

Step 7:

Wait for an interview notice from USCIS(I-485) or the U.S. Consulate in Guangzhou (CP). If visa is not available, the client needs to wait. Note: Please provide DS-230 and I-864.

Step 8:

Check-up, interview and obtain an immigration visa.

Step 9:

If there is an administrative process, please ask an attorney to submit an inquiry.

Document list

  • I-130 Document list

1.I-130 Form

2.Petitioner, U.S. citizen

1)Proof of US citizenship with copy of birth certificate

2)copy of US passport

3)copy of citizenship naturalization certificate

4)Marriage and relationship documents or A copy of any divorce decrees, death certificates, or annulment decrees if either you or your fiancé(e) have been previously married

5)Passport photos, 2″x2″ full face color

6)information changed by Petitioner, such as copies of certificates of former names

3.Proof of family relationship

1)Marriage and relationship documents

2)Birth registration documents

3)Other documents for raising children: such as proof of financial support

4)if the child is born out of wedlock, the parent-child relationship documents recognized by law, such as parent-child identification report, shall be provided.

5)If the petitioner is adoptive parent, they need to provide: copies of the birth certificate of the beneficiary; proof of the death, divorce or abandonment of custody of their parents by blood

6)If the petitioner is stepparent, they need to provide: the copy of the beneficiary’s birth certificate; the adoption certificate; the court’s ruling that the legal guardianship has been for 2 years; the court’s ruling that the physical guardianship has been for 2 years.

 4.If a citizen wants to apply for a green card for Married Sons and Daughters and his/her spouse and children,please prepare

1) notarization of marriage certificate

2) notarization of birth certificate of children under the age of 21

3) permanent-residence booklet

4) valid documents, such as copies of passports, etc.

  • I-485 document list

1.certificate of non-criminal record of Married Sons and Daughters of U.S. Citizens(including stepchild and adopted child, spouse and children of Married Sons and Daughters of U.S. Citizens(fill in truthfully if there is a criminal record)

2.copy of birth certificate

3.recent color photos

4.copy of passport


6.other valid documents of child(such as legal status in the United States)

7.I-693 physical examination report of child,spouse

  • I-864 financial support document list certificate or income certificate of U.S. citizen

2.payroll of US citizens for the past three months

3.U.S. citizens’ tax returns for the past three years (W-2)

4.copy of SSN

5.copy of driver’s license