While the information about these programs presented below is general in nature, it is critical to seek legal advice from a Jersey City immigration attorney. She will approach an immigration case practically while providing personalized guidance.
Green CardA US citizen can help relatives become permanent residents by obtaining a Green Card. Receiving this status requires both individuals to meet specific criteria when filing Form I-130 available through US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
A US citizen can petition USCIS for the following types of relatives:
- Husband or wife
- Children, regardless of marital status
Fiancé(e) VisaUS citizens engaged to non-citizens can help fiancé(e)s obtain permanent residency. One way to reunify engaged couples includes petitioning USCIS for a fiancé(e) visa using Form I-129F.
Individuals may file for a fiancé(e) visa under the following circumstances:
- The petitioner is a United States citizen
- The couple will marry within ninety (90) days
- Both parties are legally eligible to marry
- Both parties met within the past two (2) years before filing
K-3/K-4 visaWhen a family member is waiting for green card adjudication, the US citizen petitioner can simultaneously apply for a K-3/K-4 nonimmigrant visa. Since it generally takes less time to adjudicate a green card, receiving a K-3/K-4 visa is rare.
Individuals must also supply an Affidavit of Support, Form DS-5540 when applying for family members. This form provides proof that the US citizen or resident can support their needs throughout the time the family member is unauthorized to work.
Apply for citizenshipTypically, a relative may qualify for naturalization if they have permanently resided in the United States for at least three (3) years. For marital unions, the non-resident or citizen family member must live in the US citizen the entire length of their stay.
There are some exceptions and other eligibility requirements apply, which means that speaking with a competent immigration attorney is critical to navigating the process. He or she will advise clients of their rights, as well as, what expectations they must meet.