In Schererville, we enjoy a rich community of diverse backgrounds, and our residents come from many cultures and countries. The immigration lawyers at Arshad, Pangere & Warring believe in helping immigrants from any country secure the lawful immigration status that will allow their family members to stay together. Contact a Schererville family immigration attorney to learn more about the process of getting a visa, green card, and citizenship in order to secure your lawful presence in the United States.
There are many types of family visas available. Citizens can be sponsors for immediate family visas, which are available to their spouses, parents, and children. There is no limit on the number of immediate family visas that are issued each year, so close family members will usually apply in this category if they are eligible. Family preference visas are available to a wider range of family members, but there is an annual quota that limits the number of visas that can be granted each year. Permanent residents may sponsor their spouses and unmarried children for various family visas.
Fiance visas are also available. In this case, a citizen sponsors a foreign national to come to the country as his or her fiance. The couple must then marry within a specified time limit from the immigrant’s entry into the United States. After that, the fiance can apply for an immediate family visa as the spouse of a U.S. citizen.
Family visas are also available to the spouses and children of students and exchange visitors. These student visas (F-1, M-1, etc.) come with corresponding family visas (F-2, M-2, etc.). The family visas are valid so long as the student stays enrolled in school and meets the requirements of his or her student visa.
A visa may allow your family to stay together for a short time, but many families need long-term options for staying together in the United States. In this case, they will likely want to obtain permanent residency or citizenship. A permanent resident can lawfully live and work in the United States as long as the permanent resident maintains eligibility (for example, by not committing fraud or criminal activity).
Naturalized citizens enjoy these protections as well as the right to vote, serve on a jury, and invoke full constitutional protections. Naturalized citizens also enjoy greater protections from removal proceedings. They can only be deported if the government launches a successful case for denaturalization. This is a complex legal process that is rare, and more difficult for the government to pursue than deportation actions against permanent residents.
Lawful immigration status is one of the most personal legal rights a person can exercise. Immigration helps families stay together, and allows those who are not citizens of the United States to enjoy work and educational opportunities. At Arshad, Pangere & Warring, we have helped many families obtain lawful immigration status in order to stay together. Contact us to schedule a consultation with an experienced Schererville family immigration lawyer.
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