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Family Sponsors Petitioning for Immigrants

Marrying a Citizen of the U.K.? How to Get a Green Card for Your New Spouse

If you are a U.S. citizen or permanent resident who is marrying someone from the United Kingdom, and you would like to sponsor your British husband ...

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Marrying a Citizen of France? How to Get a Green Card for Your New Spouse

If you are a U.S. citizen or permanent resident who is marrying someone from France, and you would like to sponsor your French husband or wife for a...

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How the Child Status Protection Act (CSPA) Helps Immediate Relatives of U.S. Citizens

The Child Status Protection Act (CSPA) was enacted in 2002 to help young people who turned 21 years old before U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Servic...

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How the CSPA Helps Family-Based Preference Relatives and Derivative Beneficiaries

The Child Status Protection Act (CSPA) of 2002 was a great step forward in addressing the lengthy wait times that often blocked good faith attempts by...

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Marrying a Citizen of Colombia? How to Get a Green Card for Your New Spouse

If you are marrying someone from Colombia, and plan to sponsor your new husband or wife for a U.S.

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Marrying a Citizen of Poland? How to Get a Green Card for Your New Spouse

If you are marrying someone from Poland, and plan to sponsor your new husband or wife for a U.S.

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Marrying a Citizen of Kenya? How to Get a Green Card for Your New Spouse

If you are a U.S. citizen or permanent resident who is marrying someone from Kenya, and you would like to sponsor your new husband or wife for a U.S.

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What If I Change My Mind About Petitioning for My Family Member to Immigrate?

If you are a U.S. citizen or permanent resident and thinking about petitioning for a family member who wants to immigrate, you may be wondering what h...

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Applying for a Green Card Through Family: Overview of the Process

The application process for unifying foreign-born persons with their family members in the U.S. involves numerous steps. Some of these are handled p...

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Can More Than One U.S. Family Member Petition for the Same Immigrant?

The short answer is yes, a foreign national who has more than one close relative in the U.S. with U.S.

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When an I-130 Can Be Filed at the Same Time as a Green Card Application

Form I-130 (Petition for Alien Relative), issued by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), is normally the first thing that a U.S.

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Filling Out, Submitting Form I-130 for Unmarried, Minor Child of U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident

If you are either a U.S. citizen or a lawful permanent resident, you may be able to petition for your foreign-born children or stepchildren to immig...

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Filling Out and Submitting Form I-130 for Sibling of a U.S. Citizen

If you are a U.S. citizen, and at least 21 years old, you can petition for your siblings (brothers or sisters) to live in the United States as green...

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Filling Out and Submitting Form I-130 for Parents of a U.S. Citizen

To petition for your parents (mother or father) to live in the United States as green card holders, you must be a U.S. citizen and at least 21 yea...

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What If I Die Before the Immigrant I'm Sponsoring Gets a Green Card?

There are circumstances under which an immigrant can obtain a green card (U.S. lawful permanent residence) even if the petitioner/sponsor dies before ...

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The Visa Petition: First Step for Family and Employment Green Cards

Let's say you qualify for a green card through either a family member or a company that wants to hire you. Perhaps, for example, your parent is a U.S....

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Sponsoring a Fiancé or Spouse for a Visa or Green Card

If you are a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, and you are engaged or already married to a citizen of another country, that person may be eligible f...

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Green Cards for Your Family: Sponsorship Categories

Many people in the United States have family members living in other countries, and wonder whether they can bring them here. It's a myth that if one i...

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