If you are looking to immigrate your family to the United States there are a few things you need to keep in mind:
Who can you immigrate?
- If you are a United States Citizen:
- Immediate relative: spouses, unmarried children under the age of 21, and parents of U.S. citizen petitioners 21 or older;
- Preference Categories: unmarried sons or daughters over the age of 21, married children of any age, and brothers and sisters of U.S. citizen petitioners 21 or older;
- If you are a Lawful Permanent Resident:
- Preference Categories: spouses and unmarried children of the sponsoring green card holder;
What is the difference between immediate relatives and preference categories? Immediate relatives have a visa immediately available to them, so there is no waiting. Those who fall under the preference categories must wait for a visa to become available. A visa is available when your priority date is current in the visa bulletin (please see the visa bulletin in the Department of State website to see what dates are currently being processed).
Adjustment of Status: Is the process by which a person can obtain lawful permanent resident status within the United States. Not everyone is eligible to adjust status, please contact us to determine whether you can adjust status or continue through consular processing.
Consular Processing: If the beneficiary is not eligible for adjustment of status, or elects to continue the immigrant visa process in their home country, they must continue with consular processing. Contact us to know whether you will need to obtain a waiver before continuing with consular processing.