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United States citizens and lawful permanent residents can sponsor certain types of family members for green cards. This permanent visa allows the beneficiary to live and work nearly anywhere in the country. It also provides a pathway to citizenship.
Our Orlando family petition lawyer at DLA Immigration Services has over 25 years of legal experience and is committed to helping you reunite your family. We are extremely familiar with how United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) processes family petitions and can assist you with each step of the sponsorship process. Our team understands what is at stake, and we pledge to handle your case with the honesty, compassion, and diligence it deserves.
Only United States citizens and lawful permanent residents can petition their noncitizen loved ones for visas. Citizens and lawful permanent residents can also only sponsor certain types of family members.
The immediate relative sponsorship categories are reserved for U.S. citizens. There is no cap placed on the amount of immediate relative visas that can be issued each year. This means “immediate relatives” will not have to wait for a visa to become available after USCIS delivers an affirmative decision.
The immediate relative categories include:
- Spouses of U.S. Citizens
- Unmarried Children (Younger Than 21) of U.S. Citizens
- Parents of U.S. Citizens
Family preference categories can be used by both U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents. USCIS only issues up to 480,000 family preference visas each year. Family preference relatives will often consequently have to wait for a visa to become available after their petition has been approved. The extent of the wait will depend on the sponsored relative’s country of origin, their relationship to the petitioner, and the backlog of other applicants.
The family preference categories include:
- Unmarried Children (Older Than 21) of U.S. Citizens
- Spouses of Lawful Permanent Residents
- Unmarried Children (Younger Than 21) of Lawful Permanent Residents
- Married Children of U.S. Citizens
- Siblings of U.S. Citizens
U.S. citizens can sponsor more types of family members than lawful permanent residents, who are limited to sponsoring their spouses and unmarried children under the age of 21. Grandparents, grandchildren, cousins, aunts, uncles, and other more distant relatives cannot be sponsored for visas. Our Orlando family petition attorney can determine who you can sponsor and help you understand what type of wait you should expect.
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After filing the appropriate family petition, you will need to wait for USCIS to make a decision. Wait times for this step can vary, but the agency typically takes well over 1 year to adjudicate family petitions.
If you are petitioning an immediate relative and receive an approval, the sponsored family member can immediately move to secure their green card. If they are currently in the United States on another visa, they can apply to adjust their status. If your loved one is abroad, they will need to complete consular processing at their country’s U.S. embassy or consulate office. Family preference relatives that receive an approval must wait for their visa to become available before they can adjust their status or start consular processing.
Family members may sometimes learn they are for some reason “inadmissible” to the United States when attempting to adjust their status or complete consular processing. Inadmissibility will prevent the sponsored relative from obtaining their green card, but we can help explore waivers that can overcome this obstacle.
Our Orlando family petition lawyer at DLA Immigration Services can help you avoid common errors that can jeopardize your application. We are extensively familiar with each component of the sponsorship process and can provide the capable guidance you need when navigating the U.S. immigration system.