One of the goals of U.S. immigration law is to unite U.S. citizens and green card holders with their families who are outside the United States. However, not all family members qualify to be united under this law. Rather, the law sets strict guidelines for which specific family relations are eligible to obtain a green card. The law also has limitations on how many green cards can be given each year which affects some of these relatives. At Kriezelman Burton & Associates, we have experienced family immigration lawyers who assist clients in the Chicago area in obtaining green cards for their relatives.
Family immigration is divided into two broad categories, and these are the “immediate relatives” and “preference” categories.
US immigration law limits the number of green cards that can be given each year, but for certain relatives of US citizens, there is no limit as to how many green cards can be given to them in any given year. These are the relatives referred to as “immediate relatives.” The biggest advantage of being an immediate relative is one does not have to deal with long waiting times to obtain a green card as in all other categories.
To be classified as an immediate relative, one must be:
Relatives who do not fall under the immediate relative category may be classified and obtain green cards under the “preference” category. A major drawback in this category is there is a limited number of green cards available under this category; therefore, a relative who is eligible to obtain a visa under this category would have to wait for a long time, sometimes years, before they can be given a green card.
Exactly how long they wait depends on how they are related to the US citizen or green card holder sponsoring them. Here are the options available:
If you are in the Chicago area and wish to have a qualifying family member come to join you or otherwise get a green card based on your relationship, contact us today to schedule an appointment to confidentially discuss your case. We are based in Chicago but serve clients in Indiana, Wisconsin, and Michigan.
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