Do I need to answer Part 4, Items 57-58?


In Part 4 of Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative, the petitioner is required to type or print his/her relative's name and foreign address in their native written language if that beneficiary's native written language does not use Roman letters.

For example, a beneficiary from China or Saudi Arabia might use non-Roman characters when writing. In these cases, the petitioner should write out the name and address of the beneficiary.

But what if the petitioner is unfamiliar with the written language and is unable to write these characters? For example, a US-born citizen that petitions his Chinese national spouse may not be able to write Chinese characters. Assuming the petitioner is in the United States and the beneficiary is outside the U.S., this can present a challenge. In these cases, the petitioner may write "Unable to write Chinese characters and will submit at the time of interview."

Alternatively, the petitioner may forward the document (by mail or email) to the beneficiary so that the beneficiary can complete Items 57-58.


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