For many people being with their family and loved ones is an important part of life. There are many factors that could keep loved ones apart. Sometimes those factors involved immigration matters. Recently a bill, that could impact who is considered an immediate family member for purposes of family immigration, was reintroduced. The bill was previously introduced in 2013.
In our last post we wrote about immigrants who, came to the United States from countries in Central America, and feared they would be swept up in immigration raids. If caught, it is possible those individual could face deportation. This is a fear that many people who are in the U.S. without proper documentation face. In an effort to prevent this from happening, a couple of years ago, President Barack Obama took steps to protect some individuals in that situation. To accomplish this, he issued an executive order. It was designed to protect immigrants in the U.S. whose children are U.S. citizens and those who do not have a criminal record.
It’s said that love is what makes the world go around. Whether that’s true or not, there is no doubt that for many individuals it is a huge part of their happiness. Because of this it is not surprising that when a citizen of the United States falls in love with someone from another country, they may want to get married. If they want to live together in the U.S., the individual from the other country will have to secure a visa. This is true regardless of whether the couple seeking to marry is opposite or same-sex.
Living in a country far from your family can be difficult. If you are a citizen of the United States, or a lawful permanent resident, and would like to petition to have a family member come to the United States, you likely have many questions, including under what approach it can be done. While individuals who are your immediate relatives can seek an immigrant visa immediately, there is a procedure in place for those who fall into other categories.