A U.S. citizen or a lawfully admitted permanent resident can sponsor a qualifying relative to obtain LPR status. This family-based immigration is classified into two categories with several subcategories, and a family & marriage visa Lawyer can help you navigate this process.
This is the most desired category through which you can obtain a Green Card. To Clarify, there is no waiting time for the Green Card beyond normal processing time. To get a Green Card under this category, you must show that you have a qualifying family relationship with a U.S. citizen or LPR for a family visa. These relatives include the following:
In addition, this category is the fastest under which one can obtain permanent residency in the United States. This is because, unlike the other family-based immigration visa categories, immigrant visas (green cards) obtained under this category are unlimited.
At J. Sparks Law Firm, we have experienced lawyers who ensure that petitions and applications for our clients are properly filed to avoid any unnecessary delay in processing that routinely happens if petitions and applications filed are wrong or have errors.
Besides immediate family members, certain other qualified close family members of U.S. citizens or permanent residents are also eligible to apply for a green card under a preference system that categorizes family-based immigration into several subcategories as follows:
Once an applicant determines under which of these categories and subcategories they are eligible to apply for a Green Card, then the next step is to file the necessary paperwork, which comprises the following:
In certain cases, both the petition and Green Card application can be filed at the same time, while in other cases, the petition must be filed first, and the qualifying relative files the application for the green card only after the petition is approved.
If you are in the process or are contemplating sponsoring a relative or applying for a green card, contact J. Sparks Law, PLLC, today for a consultation and we will be happy to guide you through the process.
Julie Sparks is Board-certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in Immigration and Nationality Law, one of a few such attorneys in Texas. After 15 years of practice in this field, she has represented immigrants from more than 70 countries.
Ms. Sparks is a member of the Texas Bar Association and the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). Julie has also been a featured speaker at Southwestern Law School and at the national 2015 AILA Fundamentals Conference.