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How family preference visas can help your children

On Behalf of | Nov 16, 2022 | Immigration Law

Educated and successful professionals can sometimes turn their careers into a means of entering the United States. Exceptional employees, executives and highly-skilled professionals are among those who may qualify for work visas. Workers can continue to grow their careers while living in the country on a visa.

Eventually, those who live and work in the United States may qualify for green cards. Those permanent residents can also eventually choose to pursue naturalization, which is the process of becoming a citizen. Professionals who have moved to the United States may want to look into the immigration programs available to their loved ones.

If you now live in the United States but have family abroad, the family preference visa program can help you reconnect with family members. Children are among those most likely to benefit from a family preference visa. What opportunities can you offer your children through the family preference visa program?

If you have a green card

Those who live in the country as permanent residents are in a position to secure visas or even permanent resident status for some of their family members. Children of legal permanent residents can qualify for family preference visas if they are under the age of 21 and as of yet unmarried. There is a second category for unmarried children over the age of 21, but such applications do have lower priority than applications for children who are younger.

If you naturalize. The good thing about becoming a naturalized citizen is that you can offer enhanced immigration opportunities to your family members. More distant family members may qualify, and more circumstances can lead to a family preference visa.

Citizens can secure family preference visas for their unmarried children easier than

others, as they have the highest preference categorization. They can also obtain visas for their married children, which may lead to major changes for their families.

The age of your children and their marital status will largely determine whether or not you are in a position to help them secure a family preference visa. There may be other visa programs that could help your family if the family preference visa program isn’t the right solution.

Learning more about family-based immigration can help those hoping to reconnect with loved ones.