U.S. law allows U.S. citizens and permanent residents to sponsor certain family members – such as spouses and children – for permanent resident status, also known as getting a green card. U.S. citizens over age 21 may also sponsor parents and siblings. The process can be very complex depending on a variety of factors.
There are two ways for family members to apply for permanent resident status.
- Some family members in the United States may be eligible to apply in the United States by filing form I-485 with USCIS and attending an interview at the local office.
- Family members living abroad, as well as some family members in the United States, must apply for an immigrant visa and attend an interview at the consulate.
Attorneys at Chamberlain Sanchez have extensive experience in family-based cases and will be able to guide you through the process so that it is as smooth and efficient as possible.