Family Based Immigration
At Wogwu Law, we understand that family is the cornerstone of life. With our experience in family-based immigration law, we are committed to helping families and loved ones unite and build a future in the United States. Our team, serving clients globally, is dedicated to guiding you through the intricate immigration process with understanding and professionalism. Whether you're seeking to bring a fiancé(e), spouse, child, or other family members to the U.S., we're here to assist you in every step.
Understanding Family-Based Immigration
Family-based immigration is a path for U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents to sponsor their relatives to come and live permanently in the United States. This process involves several steps, each requiring careful attention to detail and a thorough understanding of immigration laws and procedures.
Sponsorship by U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents
If you are a U.S. citizen or a green card holder, you can sponsor certain family members for immigration. This includes spouses, children, parents, and siblings for U.S. citizens. As a permanent resident, you can sponsor your spouse and unmarried children. The key is establishing a qualifying family relationship, and Wogwu Law is here to help you do just that.
The Petition Process
The journey begins with filing a petition. For family-based immigration, the Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative, is used. This form establishes the existence of a relationship between you and your relative. The accuracy and completeness of this petition are crucial, and that's where our experience becomes your advantage.
Preference Categories and Wait Times
Family-based visas are divided into immediate relative and family preference visas. Immediate relative visas are available for spouses, unmarried children under 21, and parents of U.S. citizens. They are not subject to annual limits. However, family preference categories, which include other relatives, have numerical yearly limits, leading to longer waiting times. We can help you understand where your family fits in these categories and what to expect regarding processing times.
The Affidavit of Support
A critical component of the family-based immigration process is the Affidavit of Support. This legal document is a pledge by the sponsoring relative to support the immigrant financially in the United States. It's a declaration that the immigrant will not become a public charge. Our team can guide you through the intricacies of this requirement, ensuring compliance and peace of mind.
Adjusting Status or Consular Processing
Once the petition is approved, the next step depends on whether your relative is already in the U.S. or abroad. If they're in the U.S., they may apply to adjust their status to a permanent resident. If they're outside the U.S., they'll go through consular processing. This step includes interviews, medical examinations, and more. We will prepare you and your family for what to expect and how to complete these steps.
Challenges and Solutions
In family-based immigration, challenges such as processing delays, document errors, or previous immigration violations can arise. Our team is skilled at identifying potential issues early on and finding solutions to overcome these obstacles. We believe in keeping you informed and involved throughout the process, ensuring a smooth and successful journey towards family reunification.
The Green Card Interview
A significant milestone in the process is the Green Card interview. This step can be daunting, but with our preparation and advice, you'll confidently approach it. We'll provide tips on the types of questions asked and how to present your case effectively.
Beyond the Green Card
Our relationship with our clients continues after obtaining a Green Card. We're here to assist with future immigration needs, whether applying for citizenship, renewing a Green Card, or bringing over other family members.
Your Trusted Partner in Family-Based Immigration
At Wogwu Law, we pride ourselves on being more than just lawyers; we're your partners in this journey. Our approach is friendly, approachable, and devoid of legal jargon, making the process understandable and less intimidating.
Contact an Experienced Immigration Attorney
If you or a loved one needs assistance with family-based immigration, don't hesitate to reach out. We're here to provide the guidance and support you need. Call us at Wogwu Law today at 919-964-5472 or online to schedule a consultation with a dedicated Immigration Lawyer serving clients worldwide. Whether you're taking the first steps toward reuniting your family or facing a complex immigration matter, Wogwu Law is here to help. Let us be your guide in this significant chapter of your life.
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