Immigration Options for Families
We all have families of our own and understand how important it is to keep families together. The process can be intimidating and confusing. At McEntee Law Group, we have helped hundreds of immigrants bring their loved ones to the U.S.
What visa options are available for fiancé(e)s?
K-1: Fiancé Visa
If a couple is engaged and legally free to marry, the U.S. citizen spouse may apply for a K-1 visa. This allows the foreign national fiancée to enter the U.S. to marry their U.S. citizen fiancée within 90 days of entry. Once the marriage takes place in the U.S., the U.S. citizen may apply for their spouse’s green card. This option is not available to lawful permanent residents.
What visa options are available for married couples, parents and children?
Family Based Immigrant Visa Process
Qualifying U.S. citizens may apply to sponsor their foreign national spouse, a parent, sibling, or a child with the I-130 visa. Lawful permanent residents may also apply to sponsor a spouse or child with this visa but are not eligible to sponsor parents or siblings. The I-130 visa allows you to apply from outside the U.S. Once an I-130 is approved you may live and work permanently in the U.S.
What family-based green card options are available?
Marriage and Family-Based Green Cards
Qualifying U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents (aka green card holders) may be able to apply for green cards based on specific family relationships. The types of family members qualified for sponsorship depends on whether the sponsoring relative is a U.S. citizen or permanent resident. The timelines depend on visa availability, which depends on any U.S. visa backlogs in the relative’s country of origin. Our experienced immigration lawyers regularly prepare and file family-based visa and green card applications. They can help you assess your circumstances and advise you on the best strategy to bring your family together.