An individual can seek and obtain immigrant status if they have a relative that is a US Citizen or lawful permanent resident (green card holder). Not all family members are eligible; however spouses and children are given preference.
Being apart from family can be stressful. If you have a loved one needing our help contact us today. A skilled lawyer can help you through the red tape associated with the immigration process.
A US Citizen can petition immediate eligibility on behalf of:
1. Their parent if the US citizen is 21 years of age.
2. An immediate family member - husband or wife and a son or daughter under 21 years of age.
There is no limit to the number of visas that can apply. The visa is issued immediately after the paperwork received and processed by the USCIS.
Preferences are given to some family members:
1. Their unmarried child over 21 years of age & their children. (First preference)
2. Married children of the US citizen & their children. (Third preference)
3. Siblings of the US Citizen & their spouses & children. (Fourth preference)
There is a limit to visas issued in the category each year, and there could be long waiting periods depending upon preference category and origin. Generally speaking, those from Mexico, China, Philippines, and India have the longest wait for visas.
Contact the law offices of Carabin & Shaw today to discuss your immigration needs. We can give you a good estimation of how long your request will take and any potential problems. Call us today at 1.800.862.1260.