Do you know how to get a green card? Or how to apply for a green card for your family member? At the immigration law firm of Gurian Group P.A., in Miami, Florida, we realize that there is nothing more important than your family. And our promise is to help you and your family apply for and obtain a green card to the United States.
As a U.S. citizen, our immigration lawyers can help your family members become lawful permanent residents of the United States. To do so, you need to sponsor your relative. You begin the immigration process by filing a Petition for your relative using Immigration Form I-130. A U.S. citizen can file an immigration petition for their spouses, children, parents, brothers and sisters.
As a lawful permanent resident (green card holder), our immigration lawyers can help your family become lawful permanent residents of the United States and obtain their “green card.” You begin the immigration process by filing a Petition for your relative using immigration form I-130. A lawful permanent resident can file an immigration petition for their spouses and unmarried children.
As a U.S. citizen, you must file a separate petition for each one of your direct relatives, including yourown children. For example: To sponsor your mother and father, file a separate petition for each. If they have other children—your brothers and sisters—file a separate petition for each of them. Visas are immediately available for mothers and fathers of U.S. citizens, but visas are not immediately available for brothers and sisters of U.S. citizens; therefore, they will have to wait for visa availability. For example: You marry someone with a child. The child will usually qualify as your stepchild if he or she was unmarried and under 18 years of age at the time of your marriage. In this example, you are required to file two petitions: one petition for your wife and another for the child.
Immigration law provides different immigrant classifications for children depending on their age and whether they are married. After I file, how long will it take before my relative can immigrate? The law gives special consideration to immediate relatives of U.S. citizens, which includes a U.S. citizen’s spouse, unmarried children under 21 years of age, and parents. There is no waiting list to immigrate these relatives. The U.S. Department of State will invite them to apply for an immigrant visa as soon the approve the petition. • If your petition has been approved, and your relatives are currently in the United States after making a legal entry (and they meet certain other requirements), they may be able to file applications to adjust to permanent resident status. For other relatives, the combination of high demand and the limits set by law on how many people can immigrate each year means your relative may have to wait several years in line while petitions that were filed before theirs are processed. When your relative reaches the front of the line, the U.S. Department of State contacts your relative and invites him or her to apply for an immigrant visa. Current wait times for visa categories are available under “Visa Bulletins” on the State Department’s website at travel.state.gov/visa