Bringing your family to the United States may preoccupy your every thought, especially if you worry about their safety in your home country. Family immigration not only benefits loved ones but can also add tremendous value to your community.
Knowing how family immigration works and what its advantages are for you can help you make a confident decision about your next step.
Acting as a liaison
As a U.S. resident, you have the unique opportunity to function as a liaison in directing your family through the process of immigration. According to the U.S. Department of State – Bureau of Consular Affairs, you must have a valid green card or citizenship status, as well as be at least 21-years-old to assist with the immigration of other members of your family. You will have limited influence if you have a green card rather than citizenship status.
If you have citizenship, you can file an immigrant visa petition for virtually any family member including your children, siblings, parents or spouse. If you have a green card, you can still file a petition on behalf of unmarried children or your spouse. Regardless of your citizenship status, having you as a connection may expedite the immigration process for those you love.
Benefiting from resources
A variety of community resources can facilitate the process of family immigration. Your family can participate in the development of ethnic communities which can bring feelings of purpose and unity. Drawing upon the experiences of other immigrants in the area, your family may have the advantage of receiving support as they navigate a new environment.
Your role in helping your family members attain their own citizenship can bring fulfillment for you and comfort for them. Working with a legal professional can provide you with additional support so you can make the most of this exciting opportunity.