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DuPage County Family Immigration Attorneys

Dupage County Family Immigration Attorneys

Skilled Immigration Lawyers Assisting Clients with Family Petitions in Oak Brook and the Surrounding Areas

When it comes to visa and green card applications, those with family already in the United States are often given priority. They are not automatically approved, however. Family members of U.S. citizens and green card holders are still subject to complex rules and regulations, and they are at just as much risk as other applicants for mistakes that could cause a delay or a denial of their application. At Farooqi & Husain Law Office, we help clients navigate through the red tape, advise them on how they may be able to overcome any obstacles, and strive to prevent delays and unnecessary denials. Our DuPage County immigration attorneys work to bring families together.

Filing a Family Petition in DuPage County and Cook County

As a U.S. citizen, you can help place an immediate family member on the path to citizenship. However, there are some restrictions. When filing a visa sponsorship petition on behalf of your family members, you must be able to prove that you have sufficient income to support them when they immigrate. There are also restrictions on which family members you can file a petition for. You may submit an application for your:

  • Husband or wife;
  • Children (married or unmarried);
  • Parents (if you are at least 21 or older); and
  • Sisters or brothers (if you are at least 21 years or older).

You cannot file a petition for family members who are not directly related to you. For example, you may file a sponsorship petition for your sister, but you cannot petition for her husband or children. Instead, she must submit their application when she becomes eligible to apply for her visa.

If you are a lawful permanent resident of the United States with a valid green card, you may be able to sponsor certain family members for immigration. These include your spouse and your unmarried children.

Visa Priority and Immigration Waiting Times

Each year, the law limits how many people can immigrate to the United States. For this reason, immediate family members (spouses, unmarried children under 21, and parents) are given precedence over others. High-priority family members will usually be able to receive visas with no waiting times or limits on the number of people who can immigrate to the U.S. Other family members, including married children and unmarried adult children of U.S. citizens, spouses and unmarried children of green card holders, and siblings of U.S. citizens, must wait until a visa number becomes available. Visas are issued based on an order of preference, and there are limits on the number of visas that will be available each year.

Mistakes on your application, failure to submit all paperwork, or failure to effectively establish your relationship to the applicant can increase waiting times by causing further delays or even the denial of a visa application. This can happen even when petitioning for an immediate family member. We work to smooth the process, and we will stand by your side every step of the way.

Contact Our Oakbrook Terrace Family Immigration Lawyers

At Farooqi & Husain Law Office, we understand the importance of family, and we will do everything possible to bring yours together. We can help you gather proper documentation, ensure that your paperwork meets all legal requirements, and pursue the most suitable path to permanent residence and citizenship for your family member. To get started, contact our attorneys at 630-909-9114 today. We proudly serve clients in DuPage, Cook, Kane, and Will Counties, including Wheaton, Lombard, Elmhurst, Glendale Heights, and Oakbrook Terrace.

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