The following family members of US Citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents are eligible for a family preference green card:
Since there’s a limit on how many family preference visas are granted in each category every year, the approval process can be lengthy. The timeline depends on the specific family preference category for which you are eligible and the filing date of the petition. Getting a visa processed can take anywhere from six months to many years.
To become a green card holder, you must meet several requirements of the family-based immigration system. Your green card application can be denied if you are found inadmissible.
Some common grounds for inadmissibility include the following:
It’s essential to consult with your immigration attorney to determine your admissibility status based on your specific circumstances.
The process starts with the U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident filing Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative. This form establishes the qualifying relationship and requests the visa number.
Once USCIS approves the petition and a visa number is issued, the immigrant family member can apply for a green card. If you are already in the U.S. with nonimmigrant status, you can apply through adjustment of status. If you aren’t eligible for an adjustment of status, you must apply through consular processing.
The U.S. Immigration process can be lengthy and confusing, but an experienced immigration lawyer can help you navigate the process. JAD Law is here to help. Contact JAD Law today to schedule an appointment.
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