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How Can I Help a Family Member Immigrate to the U.S.?

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Thousands of immigrants across the globe come to the United States each year in pursuit of the American Dream. In many instances, individuals will come to the U.S. by themselves first, obtain a green card or citizenship, and then help their family members immigrate to the country, too. Below, we discuss what you need to know about family immigration.

Family Immigration Eligibility

First and foremost, you must be eligible to receive family-based immigration benefits. According to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, in order to help a family member immigrate, you must be one of the following:

  • U.S. citizen

  • Green card holder (permanent resident)

  • A refugee admitted as a refugee into the country within the past 2 years or an asylee granted asylum within the past 2 years

You must also prove that you have enough income or assets to support your family member when they come to the U.S. If you are unsure whether you are eligible to help your family member immigrate, please don’t hesitate to reach out to an experienced immigration attorney who can review your case and determine what your family’s options are moving forward.

Sponsoring Your Relative

Once you have established that you are eligible to bring your family members over, you will begin the process by filing Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative. This form establishes the relationship between you and your relative; you may petition for the following family members:

  • Husband or wife

  • Children, married or unmarried

  • Parents and siblings, if you are at least 21 years old

Helping Your Family Pursue the American Dream

Your visa status can impact your life, as well as your family’s potential status and that of future generations. Maney Gordon Zeller is here to provide you with the experienced, skilled, and dedicated legal representation you need to reunite your family and help each person obtain legal immigration status.

Contact our Tampa immigration attorneys at (800) 708-4399 to learn more about your legal options.


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