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My husband is now a resident here in the US and we want to bring his 11 year old daughter from the doninican republic to the US, what is the process to start this and can i petition for her even though she is a stepdaughter? I am a US citizen so would it be faster for me to petiotion for her? We were also told that we have to have a custodial document from his daughter mom signing over custodial to her father to start the process is this true? If so, does anyone from the dominican know where we can have this done and about how much does it cost? 

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What kind of a document will we need from the mother? Is this something a lawyer has to write up? My husband was asking a few people from the dominican and they are saying it is about 700.00 for a custodial agreement, can that be right? Seems like alot

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7 minutes ago, Rosag13 said:

What kind of a document will we need from the mother? Is this something a lawyer has to write up? My husband was asking a few people from the dominican and they are saying it is about 700.00 for a custodial agreement, can that be right? Seems like alot

Generally court documents pertaining to physical custody of the child and the mother's consent for him/her to live in the US. 

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Just now, Going through said:

Generally court documents pertaining to physical custody of the child and the mother's consent for him/her to live in the US.  A letter written by the mother would not be enough---USCIS will want something official.

A notarized (legalized is the term in DR) letter from the mother, giving her permission for the child to live in with the father in the US is all that is needed for the i130.  The mother should attend the interview, with the petitioner.  I believe the father can attend as well. A permission letter from immigration in DR is needed for the child to leave the country if their Visa is approved. It is called permiso de salida para menores.  This document is needed for any minor travelling without both parents.  

 

Evidence of an ongoing relationship with the petitioning step parent is necessary. Photos of family vacations, evidence if ongoing communication, any monetary support provided,  Etc

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