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U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)

Family Petitions (I-130)

This page contains Instructions for filing an I-130 with the USCIS Vienna Field Office.

I-130 Petition for Alien Relative

U.S. citizens residing in Austria have the option of sending their I-130 forms to the Chicago Lockbox, or they may file their Forms I-130 at the USCIS office.

Applications can be filed at the USCIS Vienna Field Office on a walk-in basis during business hours, no appointment needed.

U.S. citizens whose principal residence is not in Austria, and/or are abroad temporarily as a visitor or on business, must file the petition in the United States with the Chicago Lockbox Facility.

Lawful Permanent Residents must file the petition with the Lockbox.

The addresses for the USCIS Chicago Lockbox Facility are:

For U.S. Postal Service:

P.O. Box 804625
Attn. CSC/I-130/OS
Chicago, IL 60680-4107

For express mail and courier deliveries:

Attn. CSC/I-130/OS
131 South Dearborn – 3rd Floor
Chicago, IL 60603-5517

The I-130 form and revised form instructions, also available on

Evidence of Residence

The prospective U.S. citizen petitioner has to provide evidence that he/she has been permanently residing in Austria for at least six months prior to the filing of the application. Proof may include Austrian residence permit and/or police registration (“Meldezettel”).


The application has to be filed in person by the U.S. citizen petitioner. The U. S. citizen (petitioner) and the beneficiary (immediate relative) must be physically present and the beneficiary must be likely to be able to remain in the country for the time it normally takes to process the visa.


Supporting Documentation

Original documents are copied and returned to the petitioner immediately. Note that translations of documents do not need to be notarized.