One of the most common paths to immigration in the United States is known as "family based immigration." If you have a family member who is willing to sponsor you, this option may be right for you.
First, your relative must file an I-130 Petition for Alien Relative on your behalf. This immigrant visa petition must then be approved by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Your sponsor must also be willing and able to financially support you - and he or she must demonstrate this willingness and ability by filling out an Affidavit of Support. After these steps have been completed, you will be free to apply for your immigrant visa.
There is no annual cap on the number of "immediate relatives" of United States citizens who may immigrate to the country. Immediate relatives are defined as including the parents, husbands, wives, and children of U.S. citizens.
Other relatives may apply but they will receive a lower priority. Their priority will be determined by their relationship to the U.S. citizen. For example, unmarried children who are over the age of 21 are "first preference" in this category. Additionally, the spouses and children of U.S. permanent residents may also apply for legal residency. They are considered "second preference."
To learn more about family based immigration, contact Gardner Law, PLLC. Our Raleigh immigration attorneys can help you understand your options at this time. With years of experience and a reputation for skilled client advocacy, Attorney Gardner and Attorney Douglass are prepared to advance your rights at this time and help you navigate the complex immigration system with success. Learn more when you call our office to schedule a legal consultation today.