Helping a loved one obtain lawful immigration status is one of the greatest gifts that can be given because it has the potential to dramatically improve your loved one’s quality of life. Whether you want to bring a family member to the United States or help a family member already in the United States gain lawful status, our experienced immigration attorneys can guide you through the complexities of the process.
In general, a person who wishes to immigrate to the United States must have a petition, filed either by a qualifying family member or a potential employer, approved by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) before applying for an immigrant visa.
You must determine whether you are eligible to become a lawful permanent resident without leaving the United States (called “Adjustment of Status”) or whether you must return to your home country to apply at a United States Embassy or Consulate (called “Consular Processing”). You must also carefully consider whether you will need to request a waiver for any grounds of inadmissibility including unlawful presence, fraud, or a criminal conviction. Some waivers can be filed within the United States, while others must be filed outside of the country at a United States Embassy or Consulate.
There are special rules for members of the military and their families, which provide a path to lawful immigration status despite a prior illegal entry into the United States.
Due to the complexity of immigration law, you should consult an experienced immigration attorney BEFORE applying for lawful permanent residency.