Immigrating to the U.S. and achieving lawful permanent resident status or citizenship is a significant accomplishment, but if you have family members who still live outside of the U.S., it may be important for you to help them legally immigrate as well so that you can be together. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has a process that makes family immigration possible, and an attorney can help you navigate this process so that you can reunite with your loved ones.
The process of petitioning for lawful permanent residency is easier for some family members than others. If you are a born or naturalized U.S. citizen, you can petition for immediate family members without them having to join a waiting list. This includes your spouse, your children who are unmarried and under the age of 21, and your parents. You can also petition for your unmarried adult children, married children, and siblings, but keep in mind that visas for these categories are limited and there may be a significant waiting period before the application is approved. Additionally, you can petition for a K-1 visa for your fiancé or fiancée, which may lead to lawful permanent residency after you get married.
You can also petition for your family’s immigration if you are a lawful permanent resident, but in this case, qualifying relatives are limited to your spouse and your unmarried children. Visas for these family members are also limited, and they are processed at a lower priority than some family members of citizens.
In order to petition for a Green Card for a family member, you will need to submit several forms and supporting information to USCIS. This includes:
At the Mevorah Law Offices LLC, we will help you take the necessary steps to begin the process of obtaining lawful permanent resident status for your family, and we can guide you through obstacles that you may encounter in the approval process. Contact an Illinois family immigration lawyer at 630-473-9685 for a free initial consultation.
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