Becoming a lawful permanent resident (LPR) of the United States provides you with many benefits, including the ability to live in the U.S. permanently and travel to and from this country for routine trips without losing your right to live here. While LPRs don’t have all of the rights of citizens, green card holders do enjoy many of the same freedoms and protections.
There are several different ways to become a permanent resident, but one method is to be sponsored by a family member. The family member must be eligible to sponsor an immigrant and must file the appropriate petition on his or her behalf. The qualifying foreign national relative must also follow a specific immigration process, which can include either seeking an adjustment of status within the U.S., or consular processing if still living abroad.
The experienced Maryland family immigration attorneys at Miranda & Weisman, LLC have helped many people sponsor relatives or come to the United States and be reunited with their families. We know that extended families living and growing together within the United States is the ultimate American dream for many people, and we are here to help make the family based residency process as simple as possible for you. Call today to speak with a member of our legal team and learn more about how we can help you, 410-321-4994
Family members must meet the required criteria for being a sponsor in order to help a loved one become a lawful permanent resident. For example, family-based immigrant petitions can only be filed by U.S. citizens or by people who are already green card holders.
A citizen or LPR can also file only on behalf of immediate relatives including spouses, children and parents. Some relatives, such as spouses of U.S. citizens, are given preference over others and will be approved to become lawful permanent residents of the United States in a more timely fashion. Your Maryland family immigration attorney can help you to determine if you are eligible to be a sponsor for a family member who you are hoping you can help to come to America.
A qualified sponsoring relative must begin the immigration process by filing a petition called Form I-130 on behalf of the relative(s) who will be coming to the U.S. An attorney can assist with the completion of all forms and with providing requisite documentation of the family relationship and of the eligibility to be a sponsor.
Once the petition has been filed, if a visa is available, then the process moves forward with the immigrant going to the consulate in his own country or petitioning for an adjustment of status if he is in the United States. At The Miranda & Weisman, LLC , we both assist in adjustment of status and in consular processing.
Family based residency is permitted under U.S. immigration law because of the importance of keeping close family members together. You deserve to benefit from the protections the law provides and you need an experienced advocate to guide you through the immigration process. Call today, 410-321-4994, to speak with a Maryland family immigration attorney at Miranda & Weisman, LLC to learn how we can put our legal experience to work for you. You can also contact us online.