Do you have family members in another country who would like to immigrate to the US? If you are a US citizen and own a business, you should consider the possibility of sponsoring your relatives for an employment-based immigration visa. The wait times can be much shorter for employment-based (EB) visas than for family preference (F) visas, and you can sponsor more distant relatives for an EB visa than you can for an F visa.
Limitations on Family-Based Immigration Visas
There are no annual quotas for immediate relative (IR) visas, but these are only available to a U.S. citizen’s spouse, parent, or unmarried child under age 21. There are quotas, and often substantial waiting lines, for family preference (F) visas, which are available for adult children and siblings. The wait times for family preference visas can be five, 10, or even 15 years, no matter what country your relatives are coming from. And you cannot sponsor a cousin, nephew, or aunt for a family-based immigration visa at all.
Younger Relatives Can Most Easily Get Student Visas
If your relative is of college age, consider having them first come to the U.S. on an F-1 visa, which will enable them to stay in the U.S. until they finish their degree. Students in the STEM fields of science, technology, engineering, and math can then stay in the US and work for an additional year under the Optional Practical Training (OPT) program and extend for an additional two years under the STEM OPT program....