What You Should Know About Petitioning on Behalf of a Family This is a common misunderstanding in 2022
You may be eligible to be sponsored for a U.S. Green Card if you have a family member who is a citizen or permanent resident of the United States. The sponsored individual will be able to reside and work in the United States with the help of a sponsorship visa. Fill out our immigration evaluation form and we’ll contact you to talk about your alternatives and eligibility.
Is it possible for a US citizen to sponsor a family member?
You may petition for the following relatives if you are a U.S. citizen and can show the relationships:
Husband or wife;
Children under the age of 21 who are not married,
unmarried son or daughter over the age of 21;
Do you have a married son or daughter?
Family-Based Petitions: What You Should Know
You may be eligible to be sponsored for a U.S. Green Card if you have a family member who is a citizen or permanent resident of the United States. The sponsored person will be able to reside and work in the United States with a sponsorship visa. Fill out our immigration assessment form, and we’ll contact you to talk about your alternatives and eligibility.
Is it possible for a US citizen to sponsor a relative?
You may petition for the following relatives if you are a United States citizen and can verify the relationships:
Wife or husband?
Children under the age of 21 who have never been married,
Over-21-year-old unmarried son or daughter
The son or daughter of any parent who is married.
Processing Time for Family Sponsorship
On average, it takes 6 to 12 months for your sponsor’s I-130 (family sponsorship visa) to be processed. The petition is processed on a first-come, first-served basis by the USCIS. By sending the form as soon as possible, your sponsor can speed up the process. For additional information, see our page on US Visa Processing Times in 2021.
What Kinds of People Can a US Citizen Sponsor?
Family members and workers of US residents are eligible to sponsor! Children, spouses, parents, grandparents, and sibilings are examples of immediate or family-preferenced individuals who can be sponsored through petitions.
What Relatives Can a Citizen of the United States Sponsor?
Immediate relatives and family preference are the two categories of family members who can be sponsored by US citizens. Immediate family members include:
children under the age of 21 who are not married orphansparents
Their married children are one of their top priorities in the family.
and unmarried people over the age of 21, as well as their children
Green card holders’ spouses and children, as well as their spouses and children’s spouses and children’s spouses and children’s spouses and children’s wives and children’s
The Four Steps to Obtaining a US Family Visa
In order for a U.S. lawful permanent resident to properly sponsor a family member, there are precise requirements that must be followed. These are the following:
A visa petition is filed by a US citizen or permanent resident.
The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) renders a decision on the visa petition.
Relatives with family preference wait for a visa to become available.
An immigrant applies for a visa or a green card.
1st step: making a petition
To begin the sponsorship procedure, the U.S. lawful permanent resident family member must submit a visa petition on USCIS Form I-130 to US Citizenship and Immigration Services along with supporting papers (USCIS). The LRP must demonstrate that the family link is genuine.
Step 2: A decision is made by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
When the petition is received by USCIS, Officers will decide whether or not to grant the request. The case file will be transferred to the National Visa Center for further processing if it is approved. If the petition is denied, the petitioner may file a fresh petition after evaluating what changes must be made to increase the chances of approval. USCIS will transfer the immigrant’s case file to the National Visa Center (NVC) for further processing once it has been approved.
Step 3: Check Visa Availability with Preference Relatives.
If the petitioner was in the Family Preference category, this stage is skipped. Because the number of green cards that can be awarded each year is limited, relatives who are not considered “immediate” are not eligible for permanent residency immediately. As a result, the immigrant becomes a part of the community.
As a result, the immigrant is placed on a waiting list and must wait at least a year to find out if a visa is available.
Step four: The immigrant applies for a visa or a green card.
The immigrant would next submit an application for permanent residence if the petition was approved and a visa became available. This is normally accomplished by applying for an immigrant visa at a U.S. consulate outside of the United States, and then applying for a Green Card while in the United States. The immigrant will be required to fill out many papers, produce documentation, and undergo a medical examination during the next step, known as “consular processing.”
Why Does Legal Assistance for Family Sponsorship Matter?
Although the concept of family sponsorship appears simple, there are a number of caveats and specifics to be aware of. We advocate talking with an expert legal attorney who knows how to correctly prepare successful family sponsorship applications rather than risking having your efforts rejected due to a missing detail on a document or an ineligible scenario.