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IMMIGRATION LAW BLOG

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PERMANENT RESIDENCE (GREEN CARD) SOLUTIONS FOR FAMILY MEMBERS, ENGAGED COUPLES, AND SPOUSES

Are you a United States citizen or lawful permanent residence (i.e. a green card) who wants to sponsor a family member to live permanently in the United States?

U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents (i.e. green card holders) may petition on behalf of close family members to allow them to immigrate to the U.S. As an immigration attorney, it is a truly rewarding experience to help reunite or create new families. Our Firm has the experience and compassion to identify your best option and work towards achieving your family’s ultimate immigration goals.

It is important to understand that U.S. immigration law defines immediate relatives different from how the term is commonly used. Under U.S. immigration law, an immediate relative is a spouse, unmarried child under the age of 21, or parent of a U.S. citizen. This does not mean you cannot sponsor other family members as a U.S. citizen or that lawful permanent residents cannot sponsor family members. The process simply varies depending upon your immigration status and your relationship with who you wish to sponsor. Immediate relatives are not subject to annual visa quotas and therefore, can typically become lawful permanent residents much faster. On the other hand, non-immediate relatives are subject to annual visa quotas and therefore, wait years to immigrate to the United States.

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