I’m pleased to welcome back to Immigration Law for Tech Startups my law partner, Anita Koumriqian, who is an expert in individual and family immigration law. Today we’ll discuss how to bring your parents or siblings to the U.S.
“I enjoy the family reunification green cards, especially when kids are petitioning for their parents,” says Anita. “People immigrate to the U.S., become successful, and then they are able to say to their parents, ‘Come to the U.S., let me take care of you when you retire.’ For me, that’s the dream.”
Most U.S. consulates remain closed due to COVID-19. The few consular offices that are open are only operating at 20 to 30 percent capacity.
Still, this should not stop you from starting the process of sponsoring your parents or siblings for a green card, particularly since it may take time to obtain the evidence and documents for your petition and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) can take more than a year to adjudicate a case.
Immigration is never easy, but it’s always possible!
Please share this episode with anyone who can benefit from it. Reach out to us if we can help you determine your immigration options whether you’re in the U.S. or abroad.
In this episode, you’ll hear about:
- Requirements and documentation needed for sponsoring a biological parent, an adoptive parent, and a stepparent
- Requirements and documentation needed if you were born out of wedlock
- Requirements and documentation needed for sponsoring a sibling, half-sibling, adoptive sibling and step-sibling
- The U.S. Department of State reciprocity table and what it does
- Some of the unique ways to document the birth of your parents or siblings when a birth certificate cannot be found
- When you should consult an immigration lawyer
- Instances in which USCIS may request a DNA test
- The three-part process of sponsoring a parent or sibling for a green card
- Processing times and expected wait times
- Why it typically takes much longer for siblings to get a green card than parents
- What parents that get green cards need to know about long trips to their home country
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