If you have a close relative who is living in another country, you may be wondering if it’s possible to sponsor their immigration to the United States. The process of sponsorship can be complex, but with the help of an experienced immigration attorney, it may be possible to sponsor your relative’s entry into the country.
The first step in sponsoring someone for immigration is to file a petition with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). This petition must prove that the relationship between the sponsor and the immigrant meets certain criteria. For example, a sponsor must be a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident, and they must be related to the immigrant in one of the following ways:
Once the petition has been filed, the USCIS will review it to determine if the sponsor is eligible. If the sponsor is found to be eligible, they will be required to submit additional documentation, such as proof of income and an Affidavit of Support. The Affidavit of Support is a legally binding document that requires the sponsor to financially support the immigrant. Once all of the required documentation has been submitted, the USCIS will make a decision on the petition.
What Happens If a Petition is Approved?
If the petition is approved, the next step is for the immigrant to undergo a medical examination. Once the medical examination is complete, the immigrant will be scheduled for an interview at a U.S. embassy or consulate. The immigrant will need to bring documents such as a passport and birth certificate to the interview, as well as any other documentation that has been requested by the embassy or consulate.
After the interview, the embassy or consulate will make a decision on the immigrant’s application. If the application is approved, the immigrant will be issued a visa that allows them to travel to the United States. Once they arrive in the United States, they will be required to go through additional processing before they are granted permanent residency status.
What If a Petition is Denied?
If a petition is denied, the sponsor and the immigrant have the right to appeal the decision. The appeals process can be complex, so it’s important to have an experienced immigration attorney on your side. An attorney can help you understand your options and give you the best chance of success in your appeal.
Why Should I Hire a Family-Based Immigration Lawyer?
If you’re interested in sponsoring someone for immigration, contact our law firm today. We can help you navigate the sponsorship process and ensure that everything is done correctly. We have a team of experienced attorneys who are dedicated to helping immigrants achieve their dreams of coming to the United States. Call us today at (720) 802-2705 to learn more about your legal options and ways we can help.