Family Immigration for Parents and Children
Reuniting Families Throughout South Florida
Whether you are a U.S. citizen, a lawful permanent resident (i.e. green card holder), an asylee/refugee, or a victim of human trafficking or other serious crimes, you may be able to sponsor certain family members and reunite in the United States. At The Gaston Law Firm, P.A., we utilize our years of experience and rigorous legal training to end family disunification as soon as possible.
To learn more about bringing your parents, children, or siblings to the United States, contact our family immigration attorney in South Florida at (888) 388-6859 today. We serve Martin County, St. Lucie County, and all surrounding areas.
Bringing Your Children to the U.S.
As a U.S. citizen, you can obtain a green card for your child. If they are unmarried and under 21, they qualify as immediate relatives and will not need to wait in line for a visa. If they are 21 or older and unmarried, they have “first preference,” and if they are married, they have “third preference.” Alternatively, you can obtain a K-3/K-4 visa for the children of your spouse.
As a U.S. citizen, you can also obtain citizenship for your child if they are:
- Under 18;
- In your legal and physical custody; AND
- A lawful permanent resident.
If you are a permanent resident, you can still obtain a green card for your child, but they must be unmarried.
You cannot petition for your child’s green card if you are a refugee or asylee. You can, however, petition for derivative asylee status on behalf of your children, so long as they are unmarried and under 21 when you initially applied for asylum.
Petitioning for Your Parents’ and Children Green Cards
The only way you can petition for permanent residency on behalf of your parents or Children is if you are a U.S. citizen and you are 21 or older.
To petition for your parents, you will use Form I-130. Any other required documentation depends on factors such as where your parents are, whether you were born in or out of wedlock, and whether you are their child by birth, marriage, or adoption. Your parents qualify as immediate relatives, which means they will not have to wait for available visas.
As with your parents, you can petition for your Children by using Form I-130 and submitting proof of your relationship. Eligible children include adopted children, step-children, and half-Children. Unfortunately, children have “fourth preference,” which can significantly increase their wait time.
Other Options for Parents and Children
If you are not a U.S. citizen, you will not be able to bring your parents or children to the U.S. as permanent residents. You may want to explore temporary options such as visitor (B-1/B-2) visas. Additionally, you may be able to bring your parents or Children to the U.S. if you have a T or U Visa.
If you entered the U.S. as a refugee, you may be able to help your parents become asylees as well. Priority 3 (i.e. family reunification) of the United States Refugee Admissions Program allows you to bring your parents to the U.S. as asylees if you are from one of the eligible countries. This list changes each year.
Contact Us to Begin Your Family Reunification Process
At The Gaston Law Firm, P.A., we have helped countless clients reunite with their families in the United States. Each case takes a unique approach and a thorough understanding of ever-changing immigration policies. We can provide the level of skill and commitment that you and your loved ones need and deserve.