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What do I need to know about submitting a petition?

On Behalf of | Jun 26, 2017 | adjustment of status

Submitting a petition in Kentucky and having it approved is one of the first steps toward being awarded an immigrant visa in the United States. If you are attempting to gain legal access into the country, there are several things you need to keep in mind. The U.S. Department of State details the factors that will affect whether or not your application is approved.


First, realize that your petition must be submitted by your sponsor. This could be a prospective employer, a relative who is a U.S. citizen or another U.S. citizen who is a lawful, permanent resident. The type of person who can submit the petition for you is determined by your relationship.


If your petition is being submitted by your spouse, an unmarried son or an unmarried daughter, that person needs to hold a green card or be a lawful permanent resident. If a brother, sister, son, daughter or parent is submitting the petition, that person needs to be a full U.S. citizen. Your spouse can also legally submit the petition if he or she has already been declared a full citizen.


Next, you need to be aware of the order that the process will take. You will not be able to begin your application for an immigrant visa until the USCIS has approved your petition. If the filing is done outside of the United States, you will likely to subject to more rules and restrictions. This information is intended for your education and should not be taken as legal advice.