Yes. The immigration regulations do not require a U.S. citizen or permanent resident to use the services of an attorney.
Yes. In order for a tourist visa to be issued, however, the United States embassy or consulate officer must be convinced that the foreign relative intends to return to their country after the visit to the United States. The pending immigrant visa application indicates that the foreign relative intends to live permanently in the United… Read More
Yes. Upon entry into the United States, your foreign relative is a permanent resident. Your foreign relative will receive a social security number.
Yes. Upon entry into the United States, the foreign relative is a permanent resident. The foreign relative will receive a social security number and can begin to work legally.
Approximately 2 weeks after entry as an immigrant, your foreign relative will receive a lawful permanent resident card by mail. The permanent resident card will be valid for 10 years.
Upon entry into the United States, your foreign relative will give a sealed envelope (provided by the U.S. embassy or consulate) to the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officer. The CBP officer will stamp the foreign relative’s passport. This signifies entry as an immigrant.
An immigrant visa is valid for 6 months after issuance. This means that the foreign relative must enter the United States prior to the expiration of the 6 month period.
At present, the immigrant visa application fee is $230 per applicant. Each applicant must pay a separate application fee. Click here for a list of applicable fees. Please note that the immigrant visa application fee is paid to the National Visa Center (NVC).
Once the United States embassy or consulate officer is satisfied, the immigrant visa application is approved and a machine readable visa is placed in the foreign relative’s passport 1 week after the interview.