For many families, lawful immigration status is the most important legal right they have. Getting a visa or green card ensures that your family can stay together. With a lawful immigration status, you will not have to worry about unexpected actions by the United States government (such as immigration raids or removal proceedings). Help secure your family’s future by working with the best family immigration attorneys in Chicago. At Minsky, McCormick & Hallagan, we know how to find the best immigration options for your family’s particular situation.
What Visas Are Available For Family Sponsorship?
There are many different types of visas that are available for family members. It is important to find the right one, so your application is not denied:
- Immediate family visas are available to spouses, parents, and unmarried children of the sponsor. This limits the number of family members who will qualify. The benefit of this visa is that there is no annual limit on the number of visas that can be issued.
- Family preference visas are available to a wider range of family members, including siblings and adult married children of the sponsor. These visas are limited each year. There are preference categories that can change your ranking within these limits, so it is important to work with an immigration lawyer to ensure you get the highest preference category possible.
- Fiance visas are used to allow fiances entry into the United States. Once here, the fiance has ninety days to marry the American citizen. The immigrant can then apply for a green card as the spouse of an American citizen. The fiance(e) gets a K-1 visa to enter the country, and his or her children can get K-2 visas to enter the United States.
Can I Sponsor a Family Member For a Green Card?
Citizens of the United States can sponsor close family members for lawful permanent residence (also known as a “green card”). U.S. citizens can sponsor a spouse, child and parents for a green card. If you are over 21 years old, you may also sponsor a sibling or parents for a green card.
How Can I Help a Family Member Get U.S. Citizenship?
U.S. citizenship does not require a sponsor. Instead, the applicant proves that he or she has lived lawfully in the United States for the required length of time and successfully demonstrates eligibility and passes exams in the area of civics and English proficiency. While you cannot help your family member by acting as a sponsor, you can help a family member by helping them navigate the citizenship application process and studying for the required tests.
The Best Family Immigration Attorneys in Chicago
Whether you need a visa, green card, or U.S. citizenship, the best family immigration attorneys in Chicago at Minsky, McCormick & Hallagan can help. Contact us to schedule a consultation with an experienced immigration attorney as soon as possible. There are many options for keeping your family together in the United States. The sooner you have an experienced immigration lawyer fighting on your side, the more secure your family’s future will be.