This post explains the procedure to request legal entry of a family member into the United States and petition their Green Card.
U.S Immigration laws are strict and specific. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) study each particular case for foreigners applying for entry. The first requirement is to sponsor your relative and prove that you have sufficient income or assets to support that family member when they move to the U.S. and when you submit your petition; you are required to provide proof of the relationship of the person you are petitioning.
It is important to speak with an experienced Immigration attorney before applying who can help you determine if you qualify to apply for a Green Card.
The family members you may petition for are: A U.S. citizen can file a petition for the following relatives:
- Husband or wife;
- Children, married or unmarried.
A U.S. citizen who is at least 21 years or older may also petition for the following relatives:
- Brothers or sisters.
When you submit your petition, you are required to provide evidence to prove your relationship to the person for whom you are filing.
Another way to petition a Green Card is through marriage or petition for a fiancé(e). For these cases the petitioner must be a U.S. citizen and intend to marry within 60+ days of your fiancé(e) entering the United States. Both parties must be able to prove that they are free to marry and that any previous marriages have been legally terminated.
The law gives special consideration to immediate relatives of U.S. citizens, which includes a U.S. citizens spouse, unmarried children under 21 years of age, and parents.
For other relatives, the combination of high demand and the limits set by law on how many people can immigrate each year means your relative may have to wait several years in line while petitions that were filed before theirs are processed.
Meeting with an experienced and skilled immigration attorney is the first step when dealing with any immigration issue. An experienced attorney authorized to practice immigration law in Dallas and throughout Texas, can assure that your case moves forward as quickly as possible and is handled correctly.
An experienced attorney authorized to practice immigration law in Dallas, throughout Texas, can assure that your case moves forward as quickly as possible and is handled correctly.