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Relative Immigrant Visa

Learn how a relative immigration visa attorney can help you bring your family members to the United States or sponsor those already in the country.

The path to bringing your family members and loved ones to the United States may seem uncertain. However, with proper legal assistance from a relative immigrant visa lawyer, you may obtain a green card for your family member through family-based petitions.

Family-based petitions allow a lawful permanent resident of the US to sponsor a family member to immigrate to the US and become a permanent resident. However, even though you may be eligible to sponsor a family member to the US, going through the complex US immigration process can be a daunting task. 

You’ll need to provide evidence that you’re related to the individual you wish to sponsor, fill immigration forms and deal with immigration officials from time to time. But, working with a family-based immigration lawyer from the Law Office of Serah Waweru makes the task much easier. 

Serah Waweru and her team have helped many immigrants like you obtain green cards for their family members, and they can help you too.

How to Petition a Relative for an Immigrant Visa

Before filing a petition for your family member, you need to ensure that you meet the requirements to sponsor your loved one to obtain an immigrant visa. 

Below are the requirements you need to meet:

  • Provide proof that you’re a US citizen or lawful permanent resident;
  • Have a qualifying relationship with the family member you’re petitioning for;
  • Provide proof that your income is at least 125% of the federal poverty guidelines, and you can support the family member you’re petitioning for;
  • Complete and submit Form I-130 and the required family immigration forms.

If you meet all the above requirements, you can go ahead and petition your relative to immigrate to the United States.

But if you’re not sure where to start, contact The Law Office of Serah Waweru. 

Family-based immigrants can be classified into two categories namely:

  • Immediate relative/unlimited family-based green card.
  • Family preference/limited family-based green card.

If you’re a US citizen, you can petition for a family member under the immediate relative category. Family members qualifying as immediate relatives include:

  • Your spouse;
  • Your unmarried children aged 21 and below;
  • Your mother or father, if you’re 21 years and above;
  • A child you adopted abroad, or you intend to adopt in the US. 

If the relationship between you and the family member you’re petitioning for is considered a limited family-based green card, there are preference categories. 

Below are the limited family-based preference categories:

First Preference (F1)

A US citizen petitioning for unmarried sons and daughters who are 21 years and above.

Second preference (F2A)

A lawful permanent resident sponsoring their spouse and unmarried children who are below 21 years old.

Second preference (F2B)

A lawful permanent resident sponsoring their unmarried children who are 21 years and above.

Third preference (F2B)

A US citizen petitioning for their married sons and daughters.

Fourth preference (F4)

A US citizen who is at least 21 years of age petitioning for their brothers and sisters.

If you’re unsure which preference level you fall under, consult the best immigration lawyer for green card applications. That’s where the Law Office of Serah Waweru comes in handy to provide you with much-needed help applying for a relative immigrant visa. 

Types of Family-Based Immigrant Visas 

There are different types of family-based immigrant visas for family members wishing to join you in the US. The kind of immigrant visa a family member qualifies for depends on your relationship with them. For instance, if you’re petitioning for your spouse, child, parent, or sibling, they are eligible for a Green Card.  

Relative Immigrant Visa Petition Forms

The following forms must be filled out to petition for permanent residence:

Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative

A US citizen or lawful permanent resident needs to file Form I-130 with the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to establish their relationship with the alien relative they’re petitioning for.

Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence

This form is filled out by individuals who wish to adjust their status to permanent resident or apply for a Green Card.

Form I-864, Affidavit of Support

If you’re a US Citizen or lawful permanent resident petitioning for a relative, you’ll need to file Form I-864 to accept financial responsibility for the alien relative. 

Other additional submissions you need to attach with the petition include:

  • Passport photos;
  • A government-issued ID;
  • A copy of your birth certificate.

If applicable, the following forms may also be needed:

Other additional documentation may be required depending on your nonimmigrant status. 

The immigration process can be complex, and that’s why you need a family immigration lawyer to guide you through every step of the process. A qualified family immigration attorney like Serah Waweru can help you organize all your paperwork and documentation then file it for you at a reasonable fee.  

How Much Do Attorneys Charge for Relative Immigrant Visa?

Some immigration attorneys charge a flat fee for their services. However, the fees vary depending on the specific service offered. For this reason, it’s best to speak with your immigration attorney about the fees during the initial consultation. 

Relative Immigrant Visa Lawyer Cost Explained

For example, you can contact The Law Office of Serah Waweru to find out more about the specific costs of petitioning for a relative immigrant visa. 

How Long Does It Take To Get a Green Card for an Immediate Relative of a US Citizen?

Each step of the immigration process can take weeks or even months. However, immediate relative green card applicants enjoy a higher preference than other family-based green card applicants; hence, their applications take a shorter time to process. 

If the applicant is in the US, the processing time is approximately six to 12 months. On the other hand, if the applicant is outside the US, the processing time will depend on the caseload at the consulate in their country of residence. 

Please note that the process times are subject to change without prior notice. 

How Much Does It Cost To Sponsor an Immigrant Family?

It costs $1760 to file for an applicant residing in the US or $1200 for an applicant living outside the US.

Can Family Members Sponsor a Relative for Immigration?

Yes, family members can sponsor a relative for immigration through filing for a family-based petition.

How Long Does It Take To Sponsor a Brother to USA 2022?

Family-based immigration processing times depend on several factors, such as government backlogs. For this reason, it can take between two to five years or longer in some cases.

Why Is It So Hard To Get a Green Card?

Lack of basic eligibility makes it hard for some individuals to be considered for a Green Card. For this reason, ensure you meet all requirements before applying for a green card. If you’re not sure whether you qualify for a Green Card, talk to The Law Office of Serah Waweru to review your status and options. 

How Much Does an Immigration Lawyer Cost?

It’s always advisable to talk to your lawyer during consultation about the fees they charge because the cost structure varies from one lawyer to another. At the Law Office of Serah Waweru, we don’t charge any hidden fees. Instead, we’ll be straightforward with you from the beginning to the end, ensuring you get the most value for your money and time. 

What Is the Minimum Income To Sponsor an Immigrant 2022?

The relative sponsoring needs to have an annual income of at least 125% of the federal poverty level to petition for an alien relative. An experienced immigration attorney like Serah Waweru can help determine whether you meet this requirement. 

Can I Petition My Sister and Her Family?

Yes. If you’re a US citizen aged 21 years and above, you can fill out Form I-130 to bring your immediate family members to the US for permanent residence.

How Can I Find the Best Family Immigration Lawyer Near Me?

While there are many family immigration lawyers around, you need someone with a solid reputation and a genuine passion for helping immigrants with their immigration cases. As an immigrant herself, Serah Waweru is the immigration attorney you need to help you with your relative immigration visa petition. And the best part of it is, The Law Office of Serah Waweru serves immigrants all over the United States! 

Contact The Law Office of Serah Waweru

The Law Office of Serah Waweru can help you with your relative immigrant visa petition, saving you from the complex legal paperwork involved while minimizing the chances of rejection. Call us today or send us a message online to schedule a consultation with Serah Waweru and her team!