The Application Process
An immigrant must undergo a three-step process to get permanent residency, which is critical to gaining citizenship. The whole process may take several years, depending on the type of immigrant category and the country of birth.
In the first step, the (USCIS) approves the immigrant petition by a qualifying sponsor, such as a relative, an employer, or, in rare cases, such as with an investor visa, the applicant himself. If a sibling is applying, they must have the same parents as the applicant.
Immigrant Visa Availability
In the second step, unless the applicant is an “immediate relative,” an immigrant visa number through the National Visa Center (NVC) of the United States Department of State (DOS) must be available.
A visa number might not be immediately available even if the USCIS approves the petition because the amount of immigrant visa numbers is limited every year by quotas set in the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). Also, certain additional limitations exist by country of birth.
Thus, most immigrants will wait for their visa number approval. As mentioned above, those immigrants who are immediate relatives of U.S. citizens are not subject to these quotas and may proceed to the next step immediately since they qualify for the IR (immediate relative) immigrant category.
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Navigating the family immigration process can be complex, making the assistance of a trusted immigration lawyer invaluable.
An experienced attorney can guide you through the application process, help gather the necessary documentation, and ensure all forms are filled out correctly and submitted on time. By working with our firm, you can avoid mistakes that could delay or jeopardize your family members' immigration journey.
With decades of experience in resolving these matters, our firm is poised to help you achieve your dream of bringing your family together in America.
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