Morristown, New Jersey
At The Scheer Immigration Law Group, we recognize the importance of family. Many citizens and legal permanent residents seek family based visas to reunite with their loved ones and continue their lives together in the United States. Obtaining a visa can be an arduous and complicated process, but having an experienced attorney on your side can prevent a host of problems and delays. Over the past 25 years, The Scheer Immigration has developed a high level of proficiency helping people obtain family based visas. If you are a citizen or an LPR, and have a relative you wish to sponsor, contact us to speak with a knowledgeable immigration lawyer.
How Long Do I Have to Wait for a Family Based Visa?
That depends on a couple of factors, including your citizenship status, and your relationship to the relative you seek to sponsor. The processing time for U.S. citizens petitioning for relatives is commonly shorter than the time legal permanent residents face when doing the same. Also, spouses, parents, and unmarried children under the age of twenty-one are generally accorded a shorter processing time than siblings and married children.
The State Department also publishes Visa Bulletin every month. It rates the backlog according to country, relationship, and citizenship status of the petitioning relative. This chart is a reliable predictor of the processing time, once all the paperwork and interviews are complete.
Should I Become a Citizen?
Once you have obtained legal permanent resident status, you can petition to bring your relatives to the United States. However, the wait may be long. Even for a spouse, you could wait as long as two or three years before your spouse’s visa takes effect. If you obtain your U.S. citizenship, a petition for your spouse, parent, or unmarried minor child may be processed without any waiting.
Whether you decide to become a citizen or not, our law firm can assist you with every step of the visa petition process. Our attorneys can walk you through the paperwork and help you choose the options that best suit your circumstances. If your relative is in the U.S., we attend arrange to the interview with them. We also coach all parties prior to the interview, and deal with any problems that may arise.
If you have questions about bringing a relative into the U.S., feel free to contact our office. We would be happy to discuss your options with you.
Contact a family based immigration attorney for an initial consultation.
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