Alien Relative Petition (I-130)
Immigration law offers many benefits to Legal Permanent Residents (green card holders), and to U.S. Citizens with family members who live in foreign countries. While the process is not always a simple one, At the Law Office of Daniel A. Gross, PLLC, our experienced immigration attorney has helped many clients in the Washington, DC metro area take advantage of these benefits. Citizens of the United States and current Legal Permanent Residents (LPRs) are permitted to help their relatives obtain permanent resident status in the United States, or what is known as a “green card.” U.S. Citizens may file for green cards on behalf of their spouses, their children, their mothers and fathers, and their brothers and sisters. LPRs may file on behalf of their spouses and their unmarried children.
If you are trying to bring your relative to the United States from a foreign country, the process begins with the filing of an I-130, Petition for Alien Relative with the Department of Homeland Security. This document establishes your relationship to your relative, and if approved, makes them eligible to obtain a visa that will allow them to travel to the U.S., as green card holders. Special priority is given to spouses, unmarried children under 21 years of age, and parents of U.S. Citizens, for whom visas are immediately available.
Even if your relative fits into one of the priority categories, the visa process can be long and frustrating. Submitting petitions with incomplete or inaccurate information, or that omit required documents can delay an already lengthy process, cause your petition to be rejected, or prevent your relative from being issued a visa.
A Washington, DC immigration lawyer with experience in drafting and filing I-130s can help guide you through the process and ensure that you are reunited with your loved ones as quickly and with as little frustration as possible.