Below is a highlight of some of the family based immigration categories SKO can assist you and your family with:
K Visas For Fiancés of U.S. Citizens
U.S. citizens can sponsor non-U.S. citizen finances under the K visa to bring them to the United States. An application is first filed with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, and the fiancé then applies for a K visa at the U.S. Consulate in his or her home country. Typically you must have met in person within the two years prior to filing the application, and documentation must be submitted to verify the validity of the relationship. Upon entry to the United States, you and your fiancé must marry within 90 days, and then file an application to sponsor him or her for permanent residence.
K-3 Visas for Spouses of U.S. Citizens Living Abroad
If you are a U.S. citizen and married to a non-U.S. citizen who still lives abroad, you may file a petition with USCIS to sponsor her for a K-3 visa. Once your spouse enters the U.S. on K-3 visa, he or she must file an application to adjust status from K-3 to permanent resident status.
Permanent Residence for Spouses of U.S. Citizens
U.S. citizens may sponsor non-U.S. citizen spouses for permanent residence by filing an I-130 Immigrant Petition with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. The spouse may also be able to file his or her permanent residence application at the same time. Documentation must be submitted to verify the validity of the relationship, and an in-person interview with USCIS is required. If the marriage is less than two years old at the time of approval, the foreign national spouse will be granted conditional permanent residence for two years, at which point an application must be filed to remove the condition placed on the residence by proving that the marriage was not entered into for immigration purposes.
If a U.S. citizen is residing abroad with his or her spouse, they may be able to process the applications in the foreign country.
Permanent Residence for Children, Siblings and Parents of U.S. Citizens
U.S. citizens may also sponsor their children, siblings and parents for U.S. permanent residence. Eligibility and wait times vary based upon the relationship, age, and marital status of the applicant. Some categories, such as siblings of U.S. citizens, have wait times of many years.
Spouses and Children of U.S. Permanent Residents
Permanent residents may also sponsor qualifying family members for permanent residence in the United States. Eligibility and wait times vary based upon the relationship, age, and marital status of the applicant, and the wait times can be extensive.
For more information on sponsoring family for permanent residence based on family relationships, visit the USICS website.