Immigrating to America seems exciting but certainly complicated and overwhelming. While some wish to migrate for work purposes, many others seek to obtain family-based immigration. Whatever your reason be, the procedure can be tricky, with mistakes causing unnecessary delays or hindrances.
Fortunately, if you are looking to reunite with your family in The States, a Legal Permanent Resident (LPR) or a U.S. citizen can sponsor you for family-based immigration. The two types of visas available to you include Family Preference Immigration Visa and Immediate Relative Immigrant Visas. Applicants must provide honest information, follow a proper protocol, and hire an attorney to assist them with the case specifics.
Individuals living in America with a specific status, i.e., a refugee, an asylee, a green card holder, or an American citizen, can petition for family-based immigration visas. The petitioner must be 21 years of age. They must provide evidence of the purported relationship and the means to financially support the family member they wish to sponsor. Besides, they must also be able to prove their legal status in the United States.
American citizens retain the highest rights, while the priority for visa approval is given to spouses and kids under 21. Numerous family-based visas may be available depending on the specific circumstances, and speaking to an attorney can indeed expedite the case.
The Family Preference Immigration applies to distant family members of a U.S. citizen or LPR. Those sponsored under this category include:
- Minor grandkids and unmarried kids of American citizens
- Spouse, minor kids, and unmarried kids over 21 of LPRs
- Married kids of American citizens along with their spouses and minor kids
- Siblings of American citizens along with their spouses and minor kids
Aunts, uncles, grandparents, cousins, or in-laws cannot be sponsored. Plus, there is a cap on the number of family-based visas available for immediate relatives. Partnering with a capable attorney can help navigate the process smoothly.
The Immediate Relative visa is available to the close family members of a U.S. citizen. The types of members include:
- Adopted foreign orphans
- Unmarried kids under 21
LPR individuals can only bring their wife, husband, or kids to America. The sponsor primarily petitions with Form I-130 along with Form I-485 for adjustment of status or to register for PR. Besides, one can apply at any given time of the year as the visas aren’t capped.
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