US immigration is the movement of foreign bodies form various part of the world in other to reside permanently in the United State of America. With the recent political condition in the United State, it has made The US Immigration process very difficult and complex.
Police and judges in the country have been ordered to take a strict stance and harder line against all illegal immigrants. Officials have the orders to detain anyone without papers and prosecute them. Foreign citizens who want to make the United State a permanent home must first obtain an immigrant visa. This is the first step to successfully become a lawful permanent resident.
To meet the eligibility criteria for an immigrant visa, a foreign citizen must be sponsored by a U.S. national relative, a lawful permanent resident of the country, or a prospective employer in U.S, with a few exceptions, explained below. The sponsor is expected to commence the immigration process by filing a petition on the foreign citizen’s behalf with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
Immigrating Based On Family:
A national of the United State can apply for an immigrant visa petition for:
- Son or daughter
- Brother or sister
A U.S. lawful permanent resident (that is, a green-card holder) can file an immigrant visa petition for:
- Unmarried son or daughter
In order to commence the immigration process, your sponsoring family member is expected to file an I-130 Petition for Alien Relative with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
Employment Based Immigration:
An employer in the United State can sponsor certain skilled workers who will be hired into permanent jobs. In some specialized fields, the law of the United State allows prospective immigrants to sponsor themselves. Also, the law provides a number of special immigrant categories, as well as an immigrant investor program.
To begin the immigration process, your sponsoring employer must file an I-140 Petition for Alien Worker with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). In some categories, you are allowed to file the I-140 petition yourself.
Number Of Visas Each Year Is Limited In Some Categories:
Base on some of the immigrant visa categories, the number of visas available each year is limited with certain limits by country, this is done by the law of the United States. In these limited categories, whenever the number of qualified applicants exceeds the available immigrant visas, there will be a waiting list. In such cases, the available immigrant visas will be issued in the chronological order in which the petitions were filed. Your priority date is the date your petition was filed.
Other Immigrant Visa Categories:
So many immigrants receive visas in the family or employment based visa categories; however there are other immigrant visa categories. A U.S. citizen can also file a petition for the immigration of a foreign fiancé(e) to be married in the United States, or an orphan adopted abroad/to be adopted in the United States. Most immigrants visa categories that covers several special types of workers or special circumstances are established by U.S. laws. In addition, the United States of America also conducts a yearly program for Diversity Visas.
Immigrant Visa Application Process
Follow the steps below to apply for an immigrant visa.
Ensure that you are truthful in your entire visa application as well as interview process. You must provide full and accurate information. If not, your application will not be considered. You can also see the categories of a Canadian Permanent Residence.