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Immigration for Immediate Relatives
U.S. Citizens have the legal right to petition for certain immediate relatives
to live and work permanently in the United States. Foreign nationals who
are immediate relatives of citizens have special
immigration priority. This means they do not have to wait in line for a visa number
to become available because there are an unlimited number of visas for
the immediate relative category. Under this category, foreign nationals
can complete the
family-based immigration process both in and outside of the United States.
Immediate Relative Immigration Process
The eligible immediate relatives include the following relatives of U.S. citizens:
- Unmarried children under the age of 21
- Parent, if the U.S. citizen is age 21 or older
When it has been determined that the relative qualifies as an immediate
relative under the USCIS definition, both the U.S. citizen and foreign
national beneficiary can complete the immigration process inside of the
United States, or in their home country.
Immediate Relatives Inside U.S.
If the foreign national is currently residing in the United States, they
can use their special immigration priority as immediate relatives to apply
for permanent residence. Applicants will need to complete Form I-485,
Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust status. The U.S.
citizen who is sponsoring the immediate relative will need to complete
Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative. Once the necessary forms have
been completed, foreign nationals will have to submit their I-485 application
with Form I-797, which shows that a citizen's I-130 petition has been
approved or is pending.
Immediate Relatives Outside U.S.
Immediate relatives residing in their home country can complete the immigration
consular processing. This means the USCIS will work with the Department of State in the immediate
relative's country to process the necessary paperwork, evaluate documentation
and conduct any interviews, if necessary. The consulate will then issue
a visa that the foreign national can use to travel to the United States.
Upon entry and admittance, they will officially become a permanent resident.
Both citizens and foreign nationals should be aware that the immediate
relative category is strict and that the USCIS does not allow for any
other relatives or situations to qualify for special priority. This means
children of U.S. citizens over the age of 21 and children who are married
must apply for
family-sponsored preference visas. The processing time is significantly longer in these categories,
as there are limits to the amount of visas available.
Swift and Accurate Legal Aid for Immediate Relatives
Robert Brown LLC provides competent, professional and experienced representation for immediate
relative immigration issues. As our legal team understands the importance
of family unity, we use our extensive knowledge of USCIS regulations and
the immigration process to assist U.S. citizens during their sponsorship
of an immediate relative. By focusing on the thorough preparation of all
necessary forms, our firm will help to facilitate swift and accurate processing
and successful resolutions.
To learn more about how our reputable Winter Park immigration attorneys
can help your immediate relative immigrate to the United States,
contact Robert Brown LLC today.