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I need to ask a question to an Immigration Lawyer about all the paperwork needed for the I 130 package for my step daughter.

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Ohio

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Not yet for my step daughter, however, I did file for my wife (we got married in 01/2014) before and it got approved.

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Sorry for the delay. I just ask that if the news is not good that you not shoot the messenger. Shooting the messenger is either leaving a negative rating (usually reserved for rude or unprofessional experts) or not leaving a positive rating at all.

Did you marry the mother of the child before the child turned 18?

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Customer reply replied 5 months ago
Actually, this is my exact question. My wife did not have custody of my step daughter, who is an undergraduate student at UCD now. Do I need a notarized letter from the other parent allowing permission for the child to apply for green card or does my wife need to gain her daughter's custody first? Thanks.

Well, as long as you married the mother before the child turned 18, you can petition for the child. And in fact, I recently completed such a case for a mother/wife and daughter/step-child without the need of notarized permission from the biological father. I can say that such permission was not sent nor did USCIS ask for such permission and the case was still approved.

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Customer reply replied 5 months ago
HI Mr. Senmartin. I just sent you the actual question a few minutes ago. Please reply here or reply to my email. Thanks.

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