Sponsor a Parent
As a New Jersey Immigration Attorney, I am often asked once someone gains their Green Card if they can sponsor a parent.
- You must become a U.S. Citizen in order to sponsor your parents. As a Green Card holder you can sponsor your spouse, minor children, or unmarried adult children.
- It can take a year and a half to sponsor a spouse, and over seven years for unmarried adult children.
- You will be able to file for U.S. citizenship once you have had your Green Card for five years.
You will need to get your documents translated into English before you go to your review at the U.S. Embassy. These translations must be certified. You will need to submit the originals as well as the translations to the National Visa Center, a sort of intermediary between the USCIS and the Embassy, before you go to your Embassy review.
Your spouse and children can almost always be included on a green card application. You must begin, however, by applying as an individual. The applicant is the principal beneficiary. After your initial petition is approved, you can name your spouse and children as derivative beneficiaries. If they are already in the U.S., you can go through final processing together. If they are outside of the U.S., they can go through processing separately, after you’ve obtained your green card.
The different types of green cards are:
Family-based — If you are related to a U.S. citizen, such as a spouse, parent, child or sibling, you can apply for a family-based visa, which can be upgraded to a green card after approval.
Employment-based — When you are offered permanent employment in the United States, you can be sponsored for a green card by your employer. We represent employer sponsors and workers who wish to obtain a green card.
Asylum — When citizens of another country have a fear of persecution or violence upon returning to their homes, the United States can offer asylum status. A year after your asylum is established, you and your family can apply for a green card, which grants you the legal right to work and live in the United States.
Do you want to sponsor your immigrant parents if you became a Green Card Holder. Contact our experienced New Jersey Immigration Attorney to guide you.
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