There are a lot of steps in the immigration process and a lot of requirements to meet. This can especially be true if a family member desires to obtain a visa that will allow them to join a family member who is already a permanent resident or U.S. citizen. Those in Georgia who find themselves in such situations will want to ensure that they do not miss any steps in the family immigration process that could delay their reunification with their loved ones or even lead to an outright denial of a visa.
There are a variety of visas that could be sought for family immigration. Some people seek a K-1 fiancée visa. This visa permits a foreign national engaged to a U.S. citizen to live in the U.S. until the wedding takes place, after which they can apply for a green card. Some people seek a K-2 visa. These visas are meant for children of parents who have a K-1 visa. Some people seek a K-3 spouse visa. This visa permits an alien who is wed to a U.S. citizen to reside in the U.S. while their I-130 petition is being processed. Finally, family-based green cards permit an alien who is sponsored by a relative who is a U.S. citizen or a lawful permanent resident to live in the U.S.
The application for any of these visas, however, can be complicated. There are specific forms to file by specific deadlines and the applications must also contain any necessary documentation. At our firm we understand that families often want to be reunited as quickly as possible. We advise clients on how to prepare their applications and petitions, as well as what to expect from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
It is important that a visa application is executed and submitted properly, in order to increase the chances for success. Permanent residents or U.S. citizens may be anxious to be reunited with loved ones from other countries. The family immigration section of our website may be a good jumping-off point for those who are seeking a visa for themselves or a loved one.