DuPage County Family Immigration Attorneys
Skilled Immigration Lawyers Assisting Clients with Family Petitions in Oak Brook and the Surrounding Areas
When it comes to green card applications, those with family already naturalized in the United States are often given priority. They are not automatically approved, however. Family members of citizens are still subject to the same complex rules and regulations and are at just as much risk as other applicants for mistakes that could cause a delay or a denial of their application. At the 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 delay issues and unnecessary denials. Our DuPage County immigration attorneys bring families together.
Filing a Family Petition in DuPage County
As a U.S. citizen, you can help place a family member on the path to citizenship. However, there are some restrictions. Only U.S. citizens may file a visa sponsorship petition, and 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.
Visa Priority and Immigration Waiting Times
Each year, the law limits how many people can immigrate to the United States. For this reason, certain family members are given precedence over others (spouses, unmarried children under 21, and parents). High-priority family members are invited to apply for their visa once your application is approved. All others must wait until a visa number becomes available.
Mistakes on your application, failure to submit all paperwork, or failure to effectively establish your relationship to the applicant can exasperate waiting times by causing further delays or denial of your application. This can happen, even when applying for an immediate family member. We work to smooth the process and stand by your side every step of the way.
Contact Our Oakbrook Terrace Attorneys
At the Farooqi & Husain Law Office, we understand the importance of family, and we do everything possible to bring yours together. We help you gather proper documentation, ensure your paperwork meets all legal requirements, and pursue the most suitable path to citizenship for your family member. To get started, contact our attorneys at 630-909-9114 today. We proudly serve clients in DuPage and Cook Counties, including Wheaton, Lombard, Elmhurst, Glendale Heights, and Oakbrook Terrace.