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We understand your desire to reunite with your family in the U.S. A family immigration lawyer helps you seek authorization for spouses, minor children, and parents.
Our family-based immigration lawyers help ensure that you and your loved ones have everything necessary to become legal residents.
A green card allows your family members to live and work permanently in the U.S.
Naturalized citizens or permanent residents may sponsor family members. These family members include:
The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) administers all legal immigration processes. The USCIS system involves official forms and documents that must be properly completed before applications are considered. Our family immigration lawyers help ensure that you use the correct forms, including:
A family-based immigration lawyer protects you from avoidable delays due to incomplete forms and other processing mistakes. We know that your priority is bringing your family members to America or petitioning for them to remain. Let us remove potential barriers or help you understand what to expect as you seek to unify your family.
As a sponsoring citizen or permanent resident, you must prove that you can file an I-130. You must also provide evidence that you have a valid relationship with the family member who wants to join you in the U.S.
A U.S. citizen or permanent resident must file form I-864 or Affidavit of Support. You agree to use your income and financial resources to sponsor your family member.
This affidavit is a legally enforceable contract. It lasts until the other family member becomes a U.S. citizen or completes 40 quarters of employment (about ten years).
Sponsors have minimum income requirements. You must show that your household income is equal to or five times higher than the U.S. poverty level for your household size. The required minimum income for sponsors who are active members of the U.S. Armed Forces is four times higher than the poverty level for your household size.
All petitioned family members, including fiancés, must have a physical and mental medical examination before coming to the U.S.
Individuals seeking permanent resident status must also undergo a physical and psychological evaluation.
Citizens or permanent residents seeking to sponsor family members must notify the USCIS within ten days if they move or change their mailing address. The post office will not forward mail related to immigration applications and documents.
Most individuals immigrating to the U.S. for a green card must pay a $220 processing fee. You do not have to pay the USCIS Immigrant Fee before you physically enter the U.S., but doing so may speed up processing.
You will not receive your green card until you (or someone else) pay the fee. People who can pay for you include friends, family members, employers, or an approved representative.
The following people who do not have to pay the fee include:
Processing times vary depending on where you live and which family-based immigration petition or visa you used. It can take from 90 days to many years. The USCIS website lets you check processing times based on the form and office location.