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Immigrant Visas for Immediate Relatives of U.S. Citizens 

 Posted on September 22, 2023 in Immigration

Bedford Immigration LawyerFor U.S. citizens who have immediate relatives living abroad, the process of bringing them to America can be complex and overwhelming. However, the U.S. immigration system provides a special preference category for immediate relatives, making the path to obtaining an immigrant visa more straightforward. Suppose you need assistance in this area of law. In that case, experienced lawyers are ready to assist you, ensuring that you can pursue your legal goals with the guidance of a legal professional. 

Understanding Immediate Relative Classification

Immediate relatives of U.S. citizens include spouses, parents, and children under 21 years of age who are not married. Unlike other family-based preference categories, there are no numerical limitations on the number of visas available for immediate relatives. This means that once the eligibility requirements are met, the visa can be obtained without facing long waiting periods. 

Filing the Petition

To initiate the immigrant visa process, the citizen living in the U.S. must file Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative, with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, also called the USCIS. This form establishes the relationship between U.S. citizens and their immediate relatives and serves as proof of eligibility. Supporting documents must accompany the petition. Your Texas immigration lawyer will help ensure you have all the necessary supporting documents and anything else you may need to navigate this important process.

Visa Availability and Processing 

Once the I-130 petition is approved, the immediate relative’s priority date is established. Unlike other preference categories, immediate relatives do not have to wait for a visa number to become available. They can immediately proceed with the next steps, such as applying for an immigrant visa at a U.S. embassy or consulate abroad.

Consular Processing

The U.S. citizen petitioner must provide financial sponsorship by filing an affidavit to demonstrate their ability to support the immediate relative financially. The immediate relative will then attend an interview at a United States embassy or consulate. They will provide additional supporting documents during the interview and undergo a medical examination. 

Visa Approval and Entry to the United States

If the consular officer approves the immigrant visa application, the immediate relative will receive their visa packet and passport. They must then pay the required immigrant visa fee and undergo a security check before being allowed to enter the United States. Once admitted, they will receive their lawful permanent resident status and a green card

Contact an Irving Immigration Lawyer 

For legal assistance in this immigration matter, contact the experienced Dallas County immigration attorneys with John W. Lawit, LLC. Call 214-609-2242 for a private consultation.

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