U.S. citizens and permanent residents have the ability to petition for certain family members to obtain a visa or green card. Family immigration provides several options depending on the sponsor’s relationship and immigration status.
U.S. citizens are able to sponsor the following groups for a green card:
Spouses (IR-1 Visa)
Children (IR-2 Visa)
Parents (IR-5 Visa)
Permanent residents are also able to sponsor their spouses and children. If a child is married, they, unfortunately, are not eligible to be sponsored by a permanent resident. If you have a parent, sibling, or married child that wants a visa, then the best decision is to get in touch with an immigration lawyer to explore your options.
For all groups but immediate relatives of U.S. citizens (spouses and unmarried children under 21), the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services gives preference to certain groups based on priority.
First preference goes to adult, unmarried children of U.S. citizens
Second preference goes to spouses and non-adult children of permanent residents (2A) and unmarried adult children (2B)
Third preference goes to married children of U.S. citizens
Fourth preference goes to siblings fo U.S. citizens
Each preference group has an annual quota. Only a certain amount of visas for these groups are given out each year.
If you want to bring a family member to the U.S., then you should need a Boston immigration lawyer to represent you. Immigration law is extremely complex, and just one mistake could lead to a rejection of your petition.
My firm, Foley Law Offices, has been successfully representing immigrants for over 20 years. I am passionate about helping immigrants achieve their American dream and reunite their family.
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