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Most immigrants come to the United States through immigrant visa petitions filed by relatives who are US citizens or lawful permanent residents. At Petty & Associates, PLLC, we are dedicated to reuniting families through the lawful immigration process.
Immediate relatives of US citizens are exempt from numerical quotas and usually may immigrate quickly. Immediate relatives include spouses and children (less than 21 years old) of US citizens and parents of US citizens who are 21 years or older.
In addition to immediate relatives, there are five categories of family members of US citizens and lawful permanent residents who may immigrate to the United States. Because these categories are subject to annual quotas, the wait to obtain immigrant visas may be many years.
Like many other areas of immigration law, not meeting filing deadlines for certain applications and petitions could mean that a loved one will have to wait many more years to immigrate. Make sure you are on top of your immigration case by visiting us for a consultation. A brief consultation could save a loved one years of unnecessary waiting.
The family preference system is the process by which the government prioritizes applicants.
The waiting period is largely dependent on the country of origin.
Please reference the visa bulletin.
The immigrant visa process is a two-part process. Even after a loved one petitions to have you enter the country, you must still apply for a green card . On occasion, this can happen simultaneously, but generally it occurs separately. There are several significant timelines and steps to be followed through this process. There is also plenty of confusion surrounding whether one can apply for the green card in the United States or if he or she must go back to their home country to apply at the U.S. embassy.
Our attorneys have successfully handled hundreds of green card cases both in the United States and working with U.S. embassies abroad. We will guide you through each step in order to avoid common mistakes and pitfalls in the process. These matters are often highly time sensitive. Mistakes can lead to permanent ineligibility for an immigrant visa.
To arrange an initial consultation to discuss your case and how we can help you through the family immigration process, please contact our Texas law firm today at 214-905-1420.
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