If you are considering supporting your family’s immigration to the United States, this post will provide lots of useful information. It will discuss who can be sponsored by who when applying for a US visa. 

How To Sponsor My Family?

Firstly, you must complete a Petition for Alien Relative (Form I-130) and submit proof of your relationship to the family member(s) you wish to sponsor to enter the United States. Birth certificates, marriage licenses, and other appropriate papers must be provided.

Your family member(s) will have to apply for a visa at the American embassy or consulate in their country of residence once your petition is approved. A medical examination and police certifications proving they have no criminal history are also required.

You, the sponsor, will be financially responsible for your family member(s) once they are in the USA should not be overlooked. You will either need to find a joint sponsor who can assist you in meeting these criteria, or you will need to demonstrate that you have sufficient income or assets to support them.

Types Of Family Visas For The USA

Depending on your circumstances, you can apply for various family-based visas. Here is a brief summary:

  • An immediate relative visa is available for spouses, parents, and unmarried children under 21 who are citizens of the United States. The number of these visas that may be given annually has no cap.
  • Other relatives of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents, such as married children, siblings, and adult children, are eligible for the Family Preference Visa. There can be a wait before your family member(s) can go to the USA because only a certain number of these visas are available each year.
  • Fiancé(e) Visa: For fiancé(e)s of U.S. citizens who reside outside the country and want to wed there.

In summary, you can sponsor your entire family’s immigration to the United States. Still, there are some criteria you need to satisfy. You must verify that you are an American citizen or a legal permanent resident and that you have the financial means to support your family once they arrive. Depending on the sort of visa you’re asking for, there can also be a wait time.


How long does it take to get your family sponsored to move to the United States?

Several variables, like the type of visa you’re asking for and the volume of business at the embassy or consulate, affect how long it takes to process your application. You can check the most recent processing times on the U.S. Department State website.

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