The process of sponsoring a family member through the immigration process can seem daunting at first. However, by gaining more information about how the immigration system works, you will be better prepared to help your family member successfully apply for a green card.
How the immigration process works
The immigration system in the U.S. is primarily based on reunifying family members. And while there are about 140,000 visas reserved for employment immigration purposes, there are many more applicants for those visas yearly than there are slots.
On the other hand, there are fewer limits placed on family green card petitions, especially for spouses and children. Thus, most green card applicants are applying based on a relationship with a family member.
What you need to file for a green card
The documentation and forms you need to file will depend on your relationship with your relative. However, the below information should give you a general idea of what you will need. Typical forms and documents include:
- U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services forms
- Documentation of your relationship
- Birth certificates
- Federal tax returns
Having a lawyer helps clarify the process
An immigration attorney can help you file the necessary paperwork and answer any of your questions. These lawyers often only focus on immigration law and stay on top of updates and changes in the law. Furthermore, their experience and expertise within this area of law can prove invaluable and sometimes prevent lengthy delays of requests for additional information. They can even accompany you and your family member to your green card interview if requested.
Now that you have more information on how U.S. immigration works, you should be well on your way to starting the process for your loved one. Don’t forget that hiring an attorney may be the best course of action as immigration attorneys have competence and experience with the immigration system.