Embassies overseas are only authorized to accept and approve immigration petitions in limited cases marked by exceptional circumstances. Examples of exceptional circumstances to file an I-130 petition directly with the U.S. Embassy in Paris include:
The above is not an exhaustive list of examples. The Consular Section retains the discretion to accept an I-130 for compelling humanitarian reasons, including natural disasters, widespread civil unrest and other large-scale crises.
If you are a U.S. citizen residing in France and you believe you may qualify for the exceptional circumstances provision according these guidelines, please write to ParisIVPending@state.gov and include an explanation along with scanned documentary evidence demonstrating the need for direct filing, such as employment letters, military orders, or medical records. Please also include copies of your U.S. passport, your spouse’s and/or child’s passport(s), the marriage certificate (Copie Intégrale de l’Acte de Mariage if married in France), birth certificate, and/or adoption decree as appropriate. If direct filing authority is granted, the Paris Consular Section will contact you with the next steps in the immigrant visa process. If your circumstances do not rise to the level of exceptional circumstances, you will be instructed to submit an I-130 petition through the USCIS process.
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