The United States immigration system separates family members from one another on a regular basis. Some family members may have green cards or their U.S. citizenship, while others are still living in a foreign country. At the law firm of Minsky, McCormick & Hallagan, P.C., we know that you want your family members to have the same opportunities as you, as well as maintaining close relationships with the entire family. Our caring top Chicago family immigration lawyers work to find the best solutions to keep your family together, so please contact our office to schedule a consultation and learn about your options.
Family immigration involves possible benefits for fiancés, spouses, children, parents, and even siblings of United States citizens or lawful permanent residents (LPRs). Immigration laws provide avenues for citizens and LPRS to petition to sponsor a close relative for a visa and a status adjustment to a green card. While there is an unlimited number of visas available for immediate family members, other categories of relatives may have a significant waiting period before they may be eligible for a visa. This is why you should never wait to begin the process by consulting with a skilled immigration lawyer.
Immediate relatives who you may sponsor for a green card as a U.S. citizen and without a waiting period include:
Outside of the above, family members will have to fight for a limited number of visas set aside each year. These are called family-preference immigrants, and they include:
The United States Department of State claims that the limited number of visas go to applicants in chronological order. Any delay in an application date can delay your reunion with your family members even more.
While you may have a waiting period ahead of you, an experienced top Chicago family immigration lawyer can help you start the process as soon as possible. We can evaluate your situation and strategize how to minimize delays whenever possible. We know that it is your priority to have your family members legally living with you in the United States, and we use our experience and knowledge of family-based immigration laws to make that happen for our clients. We can ensure that all paperwork is completed and filed properly so the process starts rolling right away.
The immigration system can be frustrating, and it is not always friendly to families who are divided by immigration barriers. The top Chicago family immigration attorneys at Minsky, McCormick & Hallagan, P.C. have been working to benefit families in many ways for many decades. Contact us today to learn more.