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Family petitions in immigration law give certain individuals in the U.S. the ability to sponsor foreign family members for immigration into this country. Under the Immigration and Nationality Act, immigration for foreign nationals is allowed based on their relationship to a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident, also known as a green card holder. The person doing the sponsorship is known as the “petitioner” while the person being sponsored is called the “beneficiary.” Under U.S. immigration law, unless you are an immediate family member, a limited number of family-based immigrant visas are allowed to be issued to foreign nationals every year.
If you are U.S. citizen or a green card holder who wants to sponsor a family member into this country, you can turn to FuerzaLaw. Our experienced team can determine your eligibility for a family petition and help you prepare the correct petition form. We can also provide assistance in helping you put together the necessary documents that will need to be filed in support of your petition, keep on top of your case status, and update any further personal information or evidence that is needed. Should the process run into problems, we can help sort out the matter to keep it moving forward in pursuing a favorable result.
Need legal help with your family-based petition? Reach out to FuerzaLaw online or at (702) 880-0808 to arrange for a consultation with a Las Vegas family petition attorney.
Family petitions for bringing in a foreign family member into the U.S. is overseen by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). This agency is authorized to approve or deny petitions.
Under the USCIS, two types of visas for foreign family members exist:
- U.S citizens may sponsor a spouse, both unmarried and married children, parents, and siblings for a green card. They may also petition for a fiancé(e) who is residing outside the U.S. and his or her children under the age of 21. Family members, including spouses, children, and parents are considered immediate relatives whose visa numbers are not limited per year. However, the other family members fall under the “family preference” category in which the number of immigrants are limited per year.
- Lawful permanent residents (LPRs) may petition for spouses and unmarried children under the age of 21. These family members have primary preference. Unmarried adult sons and daughters of LPRs have secondary preference.
In the above two cases, if your family member already resides in the U.S., he or she can apply for an adjustment of status which allows them to obtain a green card when a visa number becomes available.
If your family member resides outside of the U.S., your family petition will be submitted to the National Visa Center. From there it will be sent to the U.S. consulate in your family member’s home country when a visa number is available. This is called “consular processing.” The consulate will notify your family member about how to proceed at that point.
The preference category of your family member will determine the length of their wait for an immigrant visa number to become available. Average times for processing family petitions is six to 12 months.
Why You Need a Las Vegas Family Petition Lawyer
Although the family petition process sounds simple, it involves many details and is subject to many exceptions. At FuerzaLaw, we are well-versed in what is needed and how to prepare your petition to give you the best chance of success. Our team can ensure that your paperwork is not delayed or rejected due to mistakes or missing information. This is especially important in family preference categories which have a limited number of visas allowed each year. You will want to ensure that your petition and application is done right at the outset so as to avoid any potential problems.
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