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Family Sponsorship

Family Sponsorship

Family sponsored visas or family-based petitions allow individuals in the United States to sponsor their family members to eventually become permanent residents. This type of visa is based on the premise that the foreigner is coming to the U.S. due to their relation to a citizen or legal permanent resident.

Petitioning for Relatives

The U.S. citizen will have to file a petition for their family member hoping to enter the United States. U.S. citizens can sponsor the following family members:

  • Husband or wife
  • Unmarried children under the age of 21
  • Sons and daughters married or unmarried over 21
  • Brothers or sisters
  • Mother or father if U.S. citizen is at least 21

There are different types of visas for family members wishing to enter the U.S. to gain permanent residency with their family. The type of immigration benefit you may qualify for depends on the type of relative you are. Spouses, children, parents, and siblings may petition for a permanent residence, more commonly known as a Green Card. Forms that must be filled out to petition include:

  • Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative
  • Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence
  • Form I-864, Affidavit of Support

Petition for Fiancé(e)s

Fiancé(e)s of U.S. citizens residing outside of the United States and children of fiancé(e)s residing outside of the U.S. are eligible for a fiancé(e) visa. The U.S. citizen must file a petition for their fiancé(e) by completing Form I-129F.

Spouses and unmarried children under the age of 21 may also petition for a K-3 and K-4 visa by completing Form I-129F or I-130.

How Long is The Process?

You should expect to wait approximately 6-9 months to receive your family sponsored visa for entrance to the United States.

Applying for a Green Card

After successfully petitioning to enter the U.S., relatives may apply for a Green Card to become a lawful permanent resident by filing Form I-130. This form certifies the relationship between you and your relative. For more information on Green Cards and permanent residency, visit the USCIS website.

Military Members and Family

For military members and their family, special provisions may be available. Children of military service members may be eligible for expedited or overseas naturalization. Spouses of U.S. citizen service members who are stationed abroad may also be eligible for expedited naturalization.

To apply for naturalization as a spouse or child of a U.S. service member you typically must:

  • Be aged 18 or older
  • Prove your spouse or parent is a U.S. citizen who is stationed abroad for one year or more
  • Be present in the United States as a lawful permanent resident
  • Be present in the U.S. at time of your naturalization
  • Declare good faith and moral character
  • Able to read, write, and speak English
  • Basic U.S. civic knowledge of history and government

For additional information on Military Family sponsorship, visit the USCIS website.

Contact an Experienced Immigration Attorney Today

The Chicago immigration legal team at Scott D. Pollock & Associates, P.C. is here to answer any questions you have about Immigrant Visas and gaining US citizenship for family members.

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