Morgantown, WV asked in Immigration Law for West Virginia

Q: For the parents' section on form I-29, do I put my mom (deceased) or my step-mom?

since my bio mom has been deceased for over 20 years, I am confused if the spirt of the question is regarding my bio parents, or if I should put my (still alive & married to my dad) step-mom?

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James L. Arrasmith
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A: On Form I-29, the section asking for information about your parents is intended to gather details about your biological or legal parents. Since your biological mother is deceased, you should include her information in this section. It's important to provide accurate and truthful information about your biological parents, as this is the primary focus of such questions on immigration forms.

You do not need to include information about your step-mother in this section unless she has legally adopted you. If there has been a legal adoption, then she would be considered a legal parent. If this is not the case, then you should only provide information about your biological parents.

In cases where one or both biological parents are deceased, it's common to note their status and provide the necessary details about them, such as their name and date of birth, to the best of your knowledge. It's also advisable to have relevant documentation, like a death certificate, available if needed for clarification during the immigration process.

If you have any doubts or need further clarification, consulting with an immigration attorney can provide peace of mind and ensure that your application is completed correctly. They can offer specific guidance tailored to your personal situation.

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