Reconnecting Families With Family-Based Green Cards
If you have a family member who already lives in the United States, they may be able to sponsor you for a United States Permanent Residency card (green card). This green card comes with many rights and allowances, such as being able to live and work in the United States. Unfortunately, the process for sponsoring a relative can be confusing, and mistakes made can cause lengthy delays.
At Lee & Powell Immigration Law Group, we help people around the world with the family-based green card sponsorship process. Our knowledgeable attorneys have first-hand experience with the immigration process, and they will handle everything related to your case. You can call our Atlanta, Georgia, office now at 404-892-8300 to schedule your free consultation.
What Are The Specifics Of Family-Based Green Cards?
U.S. citizens can sponsor their children, parents and brothers and sisters for a green card. People who hold only a U.S. green card may sponsor their spouses and children, who must be single and under the age of 21. This restriction means that people who intend to apply for citizenship must be closely related to a citizen of the United States.
There are two areas in which a family immigration visa may be used to bring family members into the United States:
Immediate Relatives Immigration Visa: Immigrants who are close relatives of a U.S. citizen can obtain this visa. People who can apply for this visa include the spouses, unmarried children under the age of 21 and parents of a United States citizen who is over the age of 21.
Family Preference Immigrant Visas: Under this visa branch, relatives come in four different groups:
- First preference: Unmarried children of U.S. citizens and their minor children.
- Second preference: Husbands and wives of green card holders, as well as their unmarried children under the age of 21.
- Third preference: The married children of U.S. citizens, regardless of age.
- Fourth preference: The brothers and sisters of U.S. citizens that are over the age of 21.
Some of the requirements of applying for a family-based green card involve filing the proper applications, being a green card holder already or having a U.S. citizen sponsor eligible family members and having proof of financial means to support immigrating family members. Some of the benefits of a family-based green card include:
- Immigrating family members do not need to obtain employment authorization, which means they have the right to pursue work anywhere in the United States.
- They can apply and become a United States citizen upon meeting the proper residential requirements.
- You will be physically close to your family.
Talk To An Immigration Attorney Now
If you are interested in pursuing a family-based green card for you or your loved one, the first step is to find a local immigration attorney who can help. Lee & Powell Immigration Law Group can assist you in the family immigration process while explaining each step we take along the way.