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South Bend Family Immigration Lawyer

For immigrants seeking to stay in the U.S. to be close to family, the immigration process is both a legal issue and an intensely personal experience. At Kriezelman, Burton & Associates, LLC, our experienced South Bend family immigration lawyers understand what matters most. We know that when you are separated from the ones you love, it can be unbearable. Whether a forced deportation proceeding is threatening your family, or you are being told you and a spouse may have to be separated, we may be able to help.

What is Family Immigration?

The U.S. immigration process consists of several pathways to getting residency status. Some people obtain permanent residency through their employer’s sponsorship. Others obtain residency through a student visa, then later a permanent work visa. Similarly, others become residents due to their relationship to a U.S. citizen or other permanent resident. So-called “family immigration” is one of the fundamental bedrocks of the immigration system. After all, keeping families together is one of the best ways to build a strong economy and benefit the community.

Examples of family immigration include:

  • Helping DACA recipients remain in the U.S.
  • Reuniting families that have been forcibly separated
  • Helping to petition for a spouse or other family member to receive a visa
  • Spouse/fiancé visa applications

Who Can Petition to Bring a Family Member to the U.S.?

American citizens have the widest range of options and rights when it comes to obtaining visas for family members. If you are a U.S. citizen, you can often seek to bring the following individuals to the U.S., based on your own status:

  • Spouse
  • Parents
  • Children
  • Siblings
  • Fiancé (with extra requirements)

For permanent residents (those with green cards), there are certainly fewer options. However, there may still be a way to get your spouse and young or unmarried children a visa.

Unique Family Immigration Challenges

Some of the complications that arise in family-based immigration come from a lack of language skills or a lack of income. For those immigrating for employment, a company may be assisting in the process and paying a substantial income. Therefore, it makes it easier to get things done. The same is true of students who come to study at American universities and colleges. They often receive assistance from the college or from student organizations. But for family-based immigration, the only help stateside may be other immigrants who have only recently obtained residency themselves. This is where our office can usually help.

How a South Bend Immigration Lawyer Can Help

The attorneys at Kriezelman, Burton & Associates, LLC can thoroughly review your case to decide your best options for getting residency or staying in the country with those you love. If you are trying to get a family member to the U.S., it is best to contact a lawyer before you make any attempts to file petitions or government forms. A simple and innocent error can set you back years in your goal of getting a loved one to this country. Call Kriezelman, Burton & Associates, LLC now to find out how we can help.