At the law office of Farmer Farmer & Brown, we love to see families reunited from foreign countries to live together permanently in the Austin area. In order to protect your family members, you must follow the necessary steps to bring them into the United States. There are avenues for family-based immigration, but if you make an error, your family member may not be able to enter the U.S. or if they do, may face removal or deportation.
Our Austin family-based immigration attorneys help clients achieve their goals the right way. We navigate the complex web of immigration laws and procedures for you to prevent errors and unnecessary delays. Our goal is to see our clients with their family members again, so please contact our office for more information about how we might help you.
This is the most commonly used type of immigration for people seeking to live indefinitely in the U.S.A successful family-based petition can:
U.S citizens and permanent residents must first file petitions for family members to obtain an immigrant visa. This is a Petition for Alien Relative, Form I-130, which is filed with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). In order to qualify to sponsor a family member, you must:
In order to be able to provide an Affidavit of Support, you must be 18 years old and show you have a residence (known as domicile) in the U.S.
Then, USCIS must determine that your family member meets the criteria for an immigrant visa. If USCIS approves the application, your relative may receive their immigrant visa, which allows them to enter and remain in the U.S. long-term. Then, your family member may apply to adjust their status to permanent resident. If that application is successful, they can receive their green card.
All of the documentation and eligibility requirements for both immigrant visas and green cards can be lengthy and complex. It is important to avoid any type of error, so you can ensure the process goes as smoothly as possible, and that your family member can join you in the U.S. as soon as possible. It is always best to have the guidance of an Austin immigration lawyer who handles family-based immigration cases on a regular basis.
Not every family member is eligible for sponsorship, and the simplest relatives to sponsor at immediate relatives. These include:
There is generally no waiting period – other than visa application processing times – for eligible immediate relatives.
It is possible to sponsor other relatives for an immigrant visa, though this can take longer, and the process might get more complex. This is also the case if a current resident wants to sponsor a family member. The following family members might receive limited family-based green cards, along with the annual quota for each:
These quotas fill quickly each year, so if you are considering a limited family-based visa, you should start the process as soon as possible.
At the law firm of Farmer Farmer & Brown, we help clients obtain a wide range of visas, including family-based immigrant visas that can lead to green cards. Call 512.894.2128 or contact us online to schedule an appointment and discuss how we can assist you.
Take some time to explain the nature of your needs and we will do our best to reach out to you and collect more information on your legal circumstances. Our team is ready to help you in the best way possible.