How To Successfully File A CSPA Petition (Form I-130)

The Child Status Protection Act (CSPA) is designed to protect "child" status for unmarried children who immigrated to the U.S. before the age of 21 and prevent them from aging out of a system that is known for excessive processing times. It may still be possible to protect "child" status even if your child has reached the age of 21.

Applying for permanent residence status is often complicated by many factors for many immigrants across Texas. Lacking protection, one could risk being deported or removed from the U.S.

At Trevino Immigration Law in San Antonio, our attorneys can help you navigate the process efficiently, protect your child's status and achieve permanent resident status for your child.

Successfully qualifying for CSPA can protect "child" status for family-based, employment-based and humanitarian program immigrants, including refugees, asylees and Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) immigrants.

How Do You Qualify For CSPA?

  1. You must have a pending or approved visa petition for permanent resident status (Form I-130).
  2. You must not have had a final decision on an adjustment of status application or immigrant visa before Aug. 6, 2002.
  3. You must pursue permanent residence within one year of a visa becoming available.

If your immediate relative who filed your Form I-130 is a U.S. citizen, your age for the purpose of immigration status will freeze on the date of filing.

If your immediate relative who filed your Form I-130 is a permanent resident and he or she naturalizes before you turn 21, your age for the purpose of immigration status will freeze on the date that he or she is naturalized.

Our firm will work to ensure that children are not penalized in any way in the processing of your application, and we will advocate for their best interests at every turn.

Speak With A Lawyer Who Has A Comprehensive Understanding Of CSPA Petitions

Please contact us online or call us at 210-544-5105 to schedule a free initial consultation with one of our lawyers who can walk you through the process and provide you one-on-one guidance.

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