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Relatives Of Citizens Permanent Residents

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Bringing Family Members To The U.S.

There are many reasons why a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident may want to bring a family member into the country. Maybe you were just married. Maybe your children have been living abroad while you established yourself in America. Maybe you have a parent who is getting older and wants to live with you.

If you are looking to help a family member immigrate to the U.S. for any reason, the attorneys at Miley & Brown can help. Based in Dallas, Texas, we help clients around the world obtain family-based U.S. visas. Don’t hesitate to contact us to discuss your options with one of our experienced attorneys.

Guiding You Through A Complex Process

There are a number of different factors that affect who can sponsor family members for green cards – which represent lawful permanent residency in the United States – and how long the immigration process can be expected to take. The basic guidelines are as follows:

  • U.S. citizens can obtain visas for their spouses, unmarried children under the age of 21, and parents after what is usually a relatively short wait. Visas for adult or married children, brothers and sisters may take longer.
  • Permanent residents can obtain visas for their spouses and children, but the process generally takes longer than if the sponsor were a citizen.

In some cases, it may be possible to obtain temporary visas for family members who are going through the immigration and green card application process. There is also a fiance visa process for people planning to get married in the U.S.

Evaluating Your Specific Circumstances

The immigration process is complex. It can take varying amounts of time and require different types of documentation depending on the exact family relationship, the country of origin and many other factors. It is always best to consult a lawyer before making any decisions or attempting to start the immigration process.