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November 2016
 
Good morning!

This month's newsletter discusses what family members a US citizen or permanent resident can sponsor for US residence. I also talk about how long that process can take.

If you have any questions about this topic, or anything else related to immigration and my practice, please do not hesitate to ask.
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WHAT RELATIVES CAN A US CITIZEN OR US PERMANENT RESIDENT SPONSOR FOR US RESIDENCE? AND HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE?
 
Current immigration law reflects the importance of keeping families together and reunification of family members by allowing US Citizens and US Permanent Residents to file for residence (also referred to as “Green Card”) for their close relatives.

I frequently am asked what relatives one may sponsor and how long it will take. I will first discuss the relatives that may be sponsored. The answer to the question of ‘‘how long will it take?” is a bit more complicated because we must first talk about normal processing times in addition to the waiting lists that exist for some family petitions.

A US citizen can sponsor a spouse, a minor child (under age 21), and parents as “immediate relatives.” As immediate relatives, there is no limit on the number of applications that may be approved, so we only need to consider the processing time as there is no waiting list for immediate relatives.

There are two different procedures for processing the residence application. If the relative is in the US, the procedure is called “adjustment of status.” If the relative is not in the US, the procedure is called “Consular Processing.” For an immediate relative in the US and processing through adjustment of status, it takes about 7 months to obtain the residence status but they can obtain work authorization and travel permission in about three months. For an immediate relative processing, the residence through consular processing will take a few months longer – perhaps 8 to 12 months and the relative cannot come to the US to live or work until the process is completed...
 
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