Oklahoma family-based immigration and elsewhere allows a foreign national to become a lawful permanent resident through a relative who is a citizen or lawful permanent resident of the United States. Oklahoma family-based immigration cases include:
- Marriage to a U.S. Citizen
- Sponsorship of family members
- Becoming a naturalized U.S. citizen
- Consular processing
Who can be a beneficiary?
Those who are immediate relatives of United State Citizens such as spouses, parents, widows and children, who are unmarried and 21 years or younger, are able to immigrate to the U.S. without being liable to any numerical restrictions. This means that they have the ability to apply for permanent resident status without going through any waiting time. Other potential beneficiaries are broken and divided into groups that are called Preferences. A numerical quota is assigned to each Preference per year to put a cap on the number of immigrants that are admitted into the U.S. A breakdown of the Preferences is as follows:
- 1st Preference: applies to unmarried sons and daughters of U.S. citizens
- 2nd Preference: applies to spouses and unmarried sons and daughters of lawful permanent residents
- 3rd Preference: applies to married sons and daughters of U.S. citizens
- 4th Preference: siblings of U.S. citizens
The waiting time is determined by the Department of State’s visa bulletin that is issued every month.
If there is an immediate immigrant visa available due to be being an immediate relative or the waiting time being over, a relative is either available for consular processing or adjustment of status. Adjustment of Status is the process of gaining lawful permanent residence while present in the United States. On the other hand, consular processing is the process of gaining lawful permanent residence or an immigrant visa at a U.S. port of entry.
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Whether you have questions about Oklahoma family-based immigration or any other immigration law, we encourage you to contact Fry & Elder today to set up a consultation with an experienced and proven Tulsa immigration lawyer.
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