Family immigration sponsorship can be the most important legal right you exercise in a lifetime. This process helps families stay together and lawfully work in the United States to financially support one another. Learn more about the process from the experienced family immigration attorneys near Elgin at Minsky, McCormick & Hallagan.
In order to lawfully enter the country, foreign nationals require a visa. U.S. citizens can sponsor certain family members based on their relationship. A parent, child, or spouse of a citizen may obtain an immediate relative visa. More distant relatives can obtain family preference visas. Unlike immediate relative visas, the number of family preference visas is limited each year, so they can be more difficult to obtain. They are available to a wider range of relatives, including unmarried children over the age of 21, married children, and siblings of U.S. citizens. Lawful permanent residents (“green card” holders) can also sponsor visas for certain close relatives. These sponsorships are limited to spouses and unmarried children.
Citizenship does not require a sponsor. While you do not have to be legally involved in the process, you can still provide critical support throughout the naturalization process. Filing the vast amount of paperwork can be required – especially for someone whose first language is not English. The language barrier can also be a significant challenge in preparing for the citizenship tests. Applicants must pass exams in both civics and English proficiency. You can help your relatives study for these exams and bolster their confidence. Your relatives might also require financial or legal support through the naturalization process. These types of support are also critical to successfully becoming a U.S. citizen.
There are many legal barriers that can prevent an immigrant from obtaining a lawful immigration status. An Elgin family immigration attorney can help you eliminate these barriers and prevent as many problems as possible. For example, a simple mistake, such as filing for the wrong type of visa, can add weeks or months to the immigration process. An experienced immigration attorney knows how to file the right paperwork the first time. An immigration lawyer can also support your application with the right documentation. By establishing your eligibility clearly with your initial petition, you reduce the chance that the government will question your eligibility for a visa or green card.
The experienced Elgin family immigration lawyers at Minsky, McCormick & Hallagan help Chicago families stay together. We have experience with all types of family visas, green cards, and citizenship applications. Contact us to schedule a consultation with an experienced immigration attorney as soon as possible. The sooner you find the right immigration strategy for your particular situation, the sooner your family can obtain the lawful immigration status that will help everyone stay together.