The family-based green card is one of the most popular ways to become a U.S. lawful permanent resident. Despite this popularity, the process is quite complex, and the family-based Green Card timeline is strictly defined. There are a number of hurdles that must be cleared to secure permanent resident status for a family member.
When the time arrives for your family member to immigrate, you will be required to serve as their financial sponsor by completing Form I-864.
The goal of this form is to ensure U.S. officials that the person immigrating to the U.S. will have the necessary financial means necessary to live in the U.S. and not have to rely upon government support.
In essence, the I-864 form is a contract of sorts between you (the petitioner) and the U.S. government stipulating that you will support the person who is immigrating if he or she is unable to do so. It’s essentially a back-up economic plan if the immigrant encounters financial problems.
As for how long the process should take, it depends upon your relationship with the person seeking permanent resident status.
If you are sponsoring a spouse, child or parent, that person is an immediate relative. There is no waiting list for persons in this category, and an invitation for them to apply will be sent as soon as the I-130 petition is approved.
It’s important to make it easy for U.S. government officials to verify the relationship between you and person you want to sponsor. To that end, provide as much biographical information as possible. For example, official copies of birth certificates and marriage certificates are the documents of choice to establish a family relationship.
For people in other categories, the process can take anywhere between five (5) months to several years.
Applying for U.S. citizenship is a complicated process. If just one required item is listed incorrectly, a host of negative consequences could be triggered.
The more common family-based immigration mistakes include:
Here at Sverdloff Law Group, our goal is to bring families together in the U.S., and keep them together. Each person intending to move to and live here has different goals. Whatever your goal is, the key is that you’re sharing your life with those who matter the most to you: your family.
Family-based immigration is a complicated process. That’s why it makes sense to leverage the skills and expertise of a law firm that knows the ins and outs of the immigration system, and can make the process as much less stressful.
We can help you with practically any family-based immigration issues, and will work one-on-one with you, starting with our first meeting and continuing until the completion of the immigration process.
Even if your family member is already here in the U.S. but has been targeted for deportation, we can work with you and your family to find avenues for a successful solution.
Immigration lawyer in Chicago offices are located at 103 S. State Street, so for a free initial consultation, call us at 312-238-9090.