Green Card for Children
At Wogwu Law, we're committed to helping families across the globe in their journey toward a life in the United States. As immigration lawyers with a global reach, we understand the nuances of obtaining a Green Card for children. This process can be complex, but with our guidance, we aim to make it as smooth and understandable as possible.
Why Choose the Green Card for Your Children?
The Green Card, or Permanent Resident Card, is a crucial step towards stability and opportunity for your children in the U.S. It grants them the legal right to live, study, and work indefinitely. This path opens doors for their future and provides peace of mind for the whole family, knowing that your children have a secure place in the U.S.
Eligibility Criteria for Child Green Card Applicants
Understanding the eligibility criteria for obtaining a Green Card for children is crucial to the U.S. immigration process. At Wogwu Law, we pay close attention to these criteria to ensure our clients are well-informed and prepared. Here's a detailed breakdown of these eligibility requirements:
- Age and Marital Status: The child must be unmarried and under 21. This is a strict requirement. The U.S. immigration law considers anyone under the age of 21 to be a child. It's essential to start the process before the child reaches this age to stay eligible.
- Relationship to the U.S. Sponsor: The child must be either a biological child, an adopted child, or a step-child of a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
- Parent’s Status: The U.S. sponsor, whether a citizen or a permanent resident (Green Card holder), must prove their legal status in the United States. The sponsoring parent must also demonstrate the ability to support the child financially. This is done through the Affidavit of Support, indicating that the child will not become a public charge.
- Legal and Physical Custody: Proving legal and physical custody is critical for adopted or step-children. This includes court documents, adoption papers, or custody agreements. The aim is to establish that the sponsoring parent has had a parental role in the child’s life.
- Child’s Immigration History: The child’s immigration history will be reviewed. If the child has been living in the U.S., their current immigration status, manner of entry, and any prior interactions with U.S. immigration authorities will be considered. Any previous violations could impact eligibility.
- Health and Character Considerations: The child must pass a medical examination by an approved physician. This examination is not just a formality but a comprehensive check to ensure that the child has no communicable diseases or health conditions that might need extensive medical treatment or pose a public health concern.
Every family's situation is unique, and we at Wogwu Law are here to assess your specific circumstances and guide you through the eligibility process.
The Application Process
The application process can be daunting, but we're here to help. The key steps include:
- Filing the Petition: You must file Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative as a parent. This form establishes the relationship between you and your child.
- Waiting for Priority Date: The priority date is crucial as it determines when your child can apply for the Green Card. This date is based on the filing date of Form I-130.
- Applying for the Green Card: Once the priority date becomes current, your child can apply for the Green Card through Form I-485 (Adjustment of Status) if they are in the U.S. or through consular processing if outside the U.S.
Common Challenges and Delays
Delays and challenges can occur, but don't worry. Common issues include long processing times and document verification. We at Wogwu Law are equipped to handle these challenges and work towards minimizing any delays in your child's application. An interview is often a part of the process. We prepare our clients thoroughly, ensuring they know what to expect and how to present their cases effectively.
What Happens After Approval
Upon approval, your child will receive their Green Card and a new world of opportunities. They can now live, study, and work in the U.S. and enjoy many of the rights and privileges of permanent residency.
Contact Wogwu Law for Dedicated Immigration Support
Our role extends beyond just legal advice. We're your partners in this journey, offering support, guidance, and a deep understanding of immigration laws and processes.
If you plan to secure a Green Card for your children and need a team that combines professional experience with a personal touch, look no further. Call us at Wogwu Law today at 919-964-5472 or contact us online to schedule a consultation with a dedicated Immigration Lawyer serving clients worldwide. Let us be part of your family's journey to a new life in the U.S.
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