The I-130 application, offered by the United States Department of Homeland Security and processed by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services office, is the petition for an alien relative. The form is used to document a relationship of family members between a U.S. citizen or legal resident and an unregistered alien. The processing time for this application varies.
Look for any application notices that you have received from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services offices. On those notices, you will find your receipt number. It comprises 13 digits and starts with three letters, such as SRC or EAC.
Visit the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services website (see Resources) and enter in your receipt number on the Case Status page, then click "Check Status." Once you do that, you will see the status of your application.
Sign up for email or cell phone text message updates on the case status on the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services website (see Resources), if you want to get the status updates sent directly to you. This allows you to know as soon as the status changes or moves along to another step in the process.