Helping family members immigrate to the United States

On Behalf of | Apr 15, 2024 | Immigration

It is the dream of many to live and work in the United States, but it is not always easy to achieve that goal. If you have loved ones who are not citizens of the U.S. but would like to enter the country to live or work, there may be ways you can assist with this process as a family member. Immigration matters can be complex, and it is helpful to learn as much as possible about the requirements and legal options before moving forward.

Immigration laws provide ways for Oklahoma families to bring loved ones to live with them in the United States. There are a few different options available to families that want to move forward with this, and it is important to know whether you should apply for a visa or what other steps you will need to take. This knowledge can make this process easier for you and allow you to avoid unnecessary setbacks.

Steps to success

There are certain things required if you wish to bring your loved one into the United States. While each case is different, the two types of visas for which you can apply include family preference visas and immediate family visas. The difference between these two include the following:

  • Immediate relative visas — This is the right choice if you are a U.S. citizen and are applying for a close relative to come to the United States. There are a limited number of these visas available each year, and they are for children, spouses and parents of citizens.
  • Family preference visas — These visas are for other types of family members, including eligible children or siblings. There are specific categories of visas for married and unmarried children, as well as siblings.

The process of sponsoring a relative so that he or she could come to the United States starts with completing the Form I-130. You will have to complete the necessary paperwork, and your loved one hoping to enter the U.S. will need to complete certain paperwork as well.

Navigating immigration challenges

It can be challenging to navigate the requirements of the immigration process. If you hope to bring a loved one into the United States or would like to accomplish another immigration goal, you will find it beneficial to have the guidance of an experienced professional who can explain laws and other requirements necessary.