May 15, 2012
One of the most common ways of obtaining a permanent residency card that will allow a non-resident of the United States to remain in the country is through a family visa. Understanding the terms and conditions that apply to gaining residency in this manner can be a complicated and lengthy process. It is essential to work with an experienced immigration attorney like Sam Shihab to help during this process.
Family based visas are provided in two groups: immediate relative immigrant visas, and family preference immigrant visas. The number of immediate relative visas is unlimited and is based on a close family relationship with a U.S. citizen such as a spouse, adopted orphan, or a parent. Household preference visas are limited each year and are for more specific and distant family relationships with a U.S. citizen.
The first step in obtaining a household immigration visa is for the sponsoring relative to file a petition on behalf of the individual who wishes to enter the country. The person making the petition must establish that they have the financial stability to support the incoming relative. An Affidavit of Support must be filed and certain fees are required.
The process can be a complicated one and is best navigated with the help of an immigration law professional. In the case of a family preference visa, the process may take additional time because of numerically limited visa categories. There are also certain vaccination requirements prior to a visa being issued.
For help in any immigration issue involving yourself or household members, Sam Shihab and Associates has the experience and skill to ease the process and maximize your chance of success.