The Family Visa Application Process
Once you have determined that the relative you wish to sponsor falls into one of the above categories, you will need to fill out Form I-130, the Petition for Alien Relative, and submit it to USCIS. This form will establish the legitimacy of the familial relationship.
If you are sponsoring an immediate relative, you will only have to wait for USCIS to approve the petition before proceeding with the green card application. Should you be sponsoring a family relative, you will need to wait for USCIS approval and for a visa number to become available.
What comes next depends on where your family member is located. If they are located outside the United States, they will apply for their green card through consular processing via their country’s U.S. embassy or consular office. If your family member happens to already be in the U.S. on a nonimmigrant visa, they may be able to instead procure their green card through an adjustment of status.
Our Orlando family visa attorneys can guide you through the application process, represent you in communications, as well as your interview with USCIS, and ensure your family members meet all requirements. We can work to save you crucial time by avoiding common mistakes and resolving seemingly stalled petitions.
Benefits of Family Visas
Family visas facilitate the unification of loved ones spread across multiple countries. Receiving a family visa also means you now have a green card, which confers lawful permanent residency in the United States.
If you received your green card through a sponsoring spouse, you may need to “remove conditions” 2 years after it has been issued in order to renew your status. For all other familial sponsorships, your green card will be valid for 10-year increments and can typically be easily renewed indefinitely.
A family-based green card entitles you to the following benefits:
- Indefinite ability to live and work in the United States
- Ability to sponsor certain family preference relatives
- Ability to pursue U.S. citizenships after a 3-5 waiting period
- Additional ease and freedom to travel in and out of the country
Our Orlando family visa lawyers at Angel Law Firm, PL understand the value of keeping families together. We can work with your loved ones to complete the necessary documentation and guide you through any potential obstacles you may face throughout the process.