Our immigration law firm works to help Charlotte NC residents with all matters regarding family based immigration. In order to file a family based immigration petition for your relative, your status must fall under one of the following family based immigration categories:
A United States citizen may file immigrant petitions for the following relatives:
Spouses of U.S. Citizens, children under 21 years of age, and parents, are considered “Immediate Relatives”; therefore, there is no waiting list. Other relatives (brother, married son or daughter, son or daughter over 21) are given a “Priority Date” the moment the petition is received by US Citizenship and Immigration Services. The beneficiary will have to wait for an Immigrant Visa to become available. Check the monthly Visa Bulletin
A legal Permanent Resident may file a petition for the following family members:
U.S. Citizens and Lawful Permanent residents use form I-130 to petition their relatives. Form I-130 and instructions may be found at www.USCIS.gov/forms
Note: A visa petition (Form I-130) is only used to demonstrate a qualifying relationship. An approved petition DOES NOT grant any benefit except to create a place in line for visa processing.
For more information about the process and requirements to petition your relative, call us at 704-644-7065 to schedule a consultation or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Issue: I was just granted asylum in the U.S., can I bring my children to the U.S.? Yes. See below.
You May Petition for the Following Family Members:
As the petitioner, you must be a principal refugee or asylee. This means that you were granted refugee or asylee status directly and did not obtain it through a relative.
You entered the United States as a refugee within the past 2 years or were granted asylum within the past 2 years.
You remain in refugee or asylee status or have become a permanent resident (received a green card). If you have already become a U.S. citizen through naturalization, you cannot petition to obtain derivative refugee or asylee status for a relative. However you may still be able to help family immigrate to the United States. See the “Family of U.S. Citizens” link to the left for more information.
The family relationship had to exist before you came to the United States as a refugee or were granted asylum: If you want to file for your spouse, you had to be married before you entered as a refugee or were granted asylum.
Your child had to be conceived (this means the mother was already pregnant) or born before you entered as a refugee or were granted asylum.
For more information on refugees and asylees, contact our Charlotte immigration law office at (704) 644-7065 to schedule a consultation or email us at email@example.com
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