Organizing the Spousal Petition Packet


  1. Payment of filing fee of $535.00 in check or money order payable to “U.S. Department of Homeland Security”   (SAMPLE CHECK).
  2. Cover letter (SAMPLE HERE)
  3. Form G-1145,E-Notification of Application/Petition Acceptance (this form is optional but highly recommended so petitioner will receive updates on the petition through e-mail or SMS)
  4. Duly completed and signed Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative (SAMPLE FORM HERE)
  5. Duly completed and signed Form I-130A - Supplemental Information for Spouse Beneficiary
  6. Petitioner’s proof of citizenship - any one of the following (for CR1/IR1)
    • Copy of Birth Certificate
    • Photocopy of ALL the pages of US passport
    • Photocopy of naturalization certificate
  7. Copy of Green Card - front and back (for F2A)
  8. NSO marriage certificate
  9. One (1) 2x2 colored photo with white background of the petitioner. Write full name in the back.
  10. One (1) 2x2 colored photo with white background of the beneficiary. Write full name in the back.
  11. If any of the parties was previously married, provide copies of all pages of divorce decree, annulment or death certificate
  12. Evidences of a bona fide marriage
    • Birth certificate(s) of children of both the petitioner and beneficiary
    • Joint ownership or lease of properties (house, car, etc.)
    • Proof of joint finances (joint bank statements, credit cards, bills)
    • Pictures together (with caption of the date, location and names of people in the picture)
    • Other evidences that show on-going marriage - chat/call/e-mail logs, money remittances, airline tickets, boarding passes on vacations taken together or visits to the Philippines





Where to Send the Spousal Visa Packet


The address on where to file the Spousal Visa Packet depends on where the petitioner lives.


If you live in Alaska, American Samoa, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Northern Mariana Islands, Oklahoma, Oregon, Puerto Rico, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Virgin Islands, Washington, Wyoming

Send packet to USCIS Phoenix Lockbox

For U.S. Postal Service (USPS) deliveries:

USCIS
ATTN: I-130
PO Box 21700
Phoenix, AZ 85036
For Express mail and courier deliveries:

USCIS
Attn: I-130
1820 E. Skyharbor Circle S
Suite 100
Phoenix, AZ 85034



If you live in Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, D.C., West Virginia, Wisconsin.

Send packet to USCIS Chicago Lockbox

For U.S. Postal Service:

USCIS
P.O. Box 804625
Chicago, IL 60680-4107
For Express mail and courier deliveries:

USCIS
Attn: I-130
131 South Dearborn-3rd Floor
Chicago, IL 60603-5517

If you live outside the United States

Send packet to USCIS Chicago Lockbox

For U.S. Postal Service:

USCIS
P.O. Box 804625
Chicago, IL 60680-4107
For Express mail and courier deliveries:

USCIS
Attn: I-130
131 South Dearborn-3rd Floor
Chicago, IL 60603-5517


Direct Consular Filing

If the petitioner lived for more than six (6) months in the Philippines, the petitioner can file the Spousal Visa Petition at the US Embassy.




What to Expect After Submission of Petition


  1. Petitioner will receive a Notice of Action (NOA) letter from USCIS. It will state that the application has been received and it will indicate the Receipt Number for the petition case. This is usually called NOA1. NOA2 is the approval letter, when the petition has already been approved.

  2. The case status can be monitored using the Receipt Number on the USCIS Website

  3. If the processing time takes longer than normal, about 6 to 8 months for CR1/IR1 and 18 months for F2A, you can file for an eRequest stating that the case is outside normal processing time