Families and Young People

Family-Sponsored Immigration: Spouses and Fiancés of United States Citizens

Posted by on Jun 5, 2013 in Families and Young People, Immigration Matters, Visas | 0 comments

United States citizens who marry abroad often assume that their new spouse may enter the U.S. immediately following the marriage. This is generally not true. Rather, there is usually await of several months for the required green card processing to conclude, since the new spouse will need to enter the United States as a permanent resident. Whether abroad or in the United States, the U.S. citizen must file a visa petition for the new spouse. If the couple has married in the U.S., the visa petition should be filed with the foreign spouse’s application for permanent residency. If the couple has married abroad, the visa petition is filed, by itself, in the...

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Family-Sponsored Immigration

Posted by on Jun 5, 2013 in Families and Young People, Immigration Matters | 0 comments

A large majority of persons immigrating annually to the United States are able to do so because of a family relationship. United States Citizens may petition for permanent residency of the following relatives: Spouse and Fiancé Parent Children of all ages Sibling Lawful Permanent Residents (green card holders) may petition for permanent residency of the following relatives: Spouse Unmarried Children of all ages To contact an attorney about family-sponsored immigration to the United States, click here. Spouses, parents and children of United States citizens are known as “immediate relatives.” The number of immediate relatives who may immigrate...

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Is Unifying Families Really an Immigration Priority?

Posted by on Feb 14, 2010 in Families and Young People, Immigration Matters | 0 comments

Most people who immigrate to the United States are able to do so because they have a close relative in the United States who petitions for them or because they have a job skill that is needed by a United States employer. The process, in either case, is a lengthy one, usually taking several years from start to finish. The wait is discouraging and impractical for prospective immigrants who are needed by United States employers; but for close family members, the wait is agonizing and, perhaps, impossible. In his State of the Union speech, President Obama reiterated that immigration reform is on his 2010 agenda. With the process of immigrating to join family members in the...

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