The Immigration and Nationality Act limits the number of visas available for family-based immigration each year to the United States. It is important to start the process as early as you can to avoid any unnecessary delays due to such restrictions. While obtaining green cards for your family members can be a complex process, many people benefit greatly from the help of a Chicago family immigration attorney.
The person who files the initial family-based immigration petition is not the individual who will directly benefit. Instead, the petitioner is a United States citizen or lawful permanent resident who wishes to sponsor a family member to come to the U.S. The family member who is a foreign national will then be the one to receive the immigration benefit, which is a green card.
The law sets our different categories when it comes to family-based immigration:
If there is a waiting list for a particular family-preference visa, we can give you an idea of how long it might be, as the U.S. State Department publishes the information each month in a Visa Bulletin.
There is a highly specific process to apply for a green card for a family member to come to the United States. Some steps of the process include the following:
If the green card or adjustment of status is approved, the family member can receive a green card and become a permanent resident.
The Law Office of Robert D. Ahlgren and Associates, P.C., handles every step of the family-based immigration process for our clients. We can evaluate your situation and advise you of the immigration options and how to get started. For more information from a member of our legal team, please contact us directly.