For many, immigration to a new country can mean leaving a lot behind. In some cases, this even means leaving close family members behind. We can’t imagine how hard it is to make the choice for a better life with the hopes that you will one day be able to bring those who are so important to you along.
At Steven T. Meier, PLLC, we try to help make that hope a reality. We understand how important the outcome of family immigration cases can be, and we treat them with the care and seriousness they deserve. We hope to have a part in your family being united again.
Family immigration generally occurs through a process of sponsorship, where someone inside the United States petitions to act as the sponsor of someone coming into the country. This is the first step in someone getting a green card and possibly full citizenship later. To act as a sponsor, though, there are certain requirements that must be met. These include:
These are family visas that are issued for close relatives of qualifying sponsors. In this particular category, the qualifying sponsor must be a U.S. citizen.
The good news is that there is no limit to the number of these sponsorships that can be issued in a single year. As a result, the process tends to be resolved quickly in comparison with most immigration processes, so long as all the procedures are followed properly and forms are filled out correctly. The relationships that qualify for this category of visa are:
These are family visas that are issued for relatives of U.S. citizens who are more distant than those in the immediate relatives category. It is also for the relatives of lawful permanent residents of the United States.
There are four different categories of this kind of visa. However, a major difference between the immediate relatives visas and the family preference visas is that each category of family preference visas has an annual maximum number of visas issued.
Once the annual cap is reached, no more will be issued until the following year. This means that there can be significant backlogs in some cases.
It is also important to work with an immigration lawyer to ensure that your application is done properly so you don’t have to return to the back of the line. Some of these categories have wait times that could extend for years. The four kinds of family preference visas are:
If a U.S. citizen has a fiancé who resides outside the country, there is a special visa that can allow that fiancé to enter the country. However, the sponsor and fiancé must be married within 90 days of the fiancé entering the country.
The family immigration process can often be a competitive way of immigrating to the United States. Fortunately, if you are looking at sponsoring an immediate relative, the lack of an annual cap means that the process can tend to move more quickly.
However, any error in paperwork and applications can still lead to significant delays. Of course, those errors become even more costly in terms of time delays for family preference applications.
It’s important to ensure that all your forms are properly filled out, proper documentation of relationships is submitted, and the application is given to the proper channels. Working with an immigration lawyer, like those at Steven T. Meier, PLLC, is the surest way to feel confident that your application is up to the standard it needs to be for approval.
Families want to be together. We understand how hard it can be to have borders and immigration systems standing between families. One of the most rewarding things we can do is to help reunite these families.
As immigration through this avenue becomes even more challenging, it’s all the more important that you don’t leave anything up to chance and ensure that you are following the process correctly and thoroughly. At Steven T. Meier, PLLC, we help make sure that is exactly what happens.
If you want to give yourself a better chance of being able to bring your family back together, contact us today to discuss your situation.
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