Understand the Options
Watch: Do you have a family plan?
Mira: ¿Tiene un plan familiar?
Watch: Why documenting your life in the US is so important
Mira: Por qué documentar tu vida en los Estados Unidos es tan importante
Who can you bring to the US? It depends on your status.
Christine saved us a lot of headache going through the entire immigration process. The immigration office messed up when they got my son's bio-metric data ...
I called Christine and she was right on top of it. She made a few phone calls and fixed it. We really felt like she had us covered the entire time.
You may be able to sponsor your spouse, parents or your children.
There are four family-based immigration visa categories:
- US citizens can petition (or sponsor) for their parents, spouses, and unmarried children. For spouses and parents, there is no long wait. As quickly as a petition can be processed, your spouse or parent can be with you immediately. Unfortunately, there is a wait – quite a long one depending on the country your children are citizens of. Known as "first preference family-based".
- If you hold a green card, you are a lawful permanent resident (LPRs) and you can petition for your spouse and your children. LPRs cannot sponsor their parents. Spouses and unmarried children under age 21 are treated differently than unmarried children over age 21. For the first group (spouses and unmarried children under age 21) , there is a wait, but as of today, that is just a few years – which for immigration is pretty good, sadly. Known as "second preference family-based".
- US citizens also have the ability to sponsor their married children. There is an extensive wait with this type of family petition but, if it is the only way to immigrate to the US, it is useful. Known as "third preference family-based".
- US citizens can petition for their siblings. As with the third preference, there is an extraordinary wait. Known as "fourth preference family-based".
The threat of removal, or deportation, can be terrifying. The best approach is to reach out to a qualified attorney BEFORE you have any contact with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
We will help you understand your rights and make sure you know what not to say to DHS because they will use everything you say against you. In too many cases, immigrants give up their rights because DHS officials claim they are going to help you. They are not going to help you!
You need honest legal advice from an experienced immigration attorney as quickly as possible to protect yourself and your family. Failing to do so can have devastating consequences to you and your loved ones.
Preparing for the Worst
If you are in trouble with the Immigration Court, there are specific recommendations we will make, to try to make things easier.
Start by contacting us immediately, and be 100% honest about what has happened so far.