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A guide to family immigration in New Jersey

On Behalf of | Apr 1, 2022 | Immigration |

Do you have family living in a different country, and you are looking for a way to bring them over to live with you in New Jersey? If so, then here’s what you need to know about family immigration to the United States.

What is family immigration?

Family immigration is the process of obtaining a visa for a family member who lives in another country. This can be done through various means, such as sponsorship by a relative who is already a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident or through asylum.

Who is eligible for immigration?

To be eligible for family immigration, a person must have a qualifying relationship with a family member who is already a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident. This qualifying relationship can be one of the following:

• Spouse
• Parent
• Child
• Sibling
• Other relatives, such as grandparents, aunts, uncles or cousins

What are the steps in the family immigration process?

1. File an immigrant petition: This petition is filed by the U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident relative who is sponsoring the family member. The petition must be approved by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services before the family member can apply for a visa.

2. Submit an application for a green card: Submit this application to the Department of State’s National Visa Center. After reviewing the application, the NVC will schedule an interview at a U.S. embassy or consulate abroad.

At the interview, a consular officer will determine whether the applicant is eligible for a green card. If they are found to be eligible, they will be issued a green card and will be able to enter the United States.

When you or your family member gets their green card, it will be valid for 10 years. After that, it can be renewed. The only requirement is to remain in good standing or prove good faith in marriage or relationships.