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Reuniting with family members or loved ones is an exciting feeling. However, the fear of aging out and being unable to come and live with your parents in the United States (U.S.) can be overwhelming. Although you may not qualify to immigrate to the U.S. as an immediate relative, you may qualify under the family preference route through the FB-1 family visa. Nevertheless, applying for a visa through this route is more complex.
Promptly filing applications, providing necessary evidence, and attending interviews are essential for getting your FB-1 visa application approved. Therefore, working with a highly skilled lawyer may be beneficial in easing the process. At Andrew T. Thomas, Attorneys at Law, we understand the urgency of family immigration matters and how vital reconnecting with your parents can be. We can assist you with the family immigration process and help you obtain permanent residence in the United States.
The FB-1 visa is a first preference category visa that allows eligible unmarried sons and daughters (twenty or older) of U.S. citizens to come and permanently live and work in the U.S. Eligibility for the FB-1 visa comes with specific requirements, including:
The parent filing the petition must be a U.S. citizen
The parent must provide evidence that they can financially support the child above the mandated poverty line
The parent must show evidence of a qualifying family relationship with the family member they are petitioning for
The child must be twenty-one years or older
The child must be unmarried
The FB-1 visa application process generally begins with your U.S. citizen parent filing Form I-130 (Petition for Alien Relative) with the U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services (USCIS). The process is completed online through the USCIS website. They will be required to provide relevant documentation with the application when filing. If you are currently in the U.S., you can apply to adjust your status, i.e., become a lawful permanent resident, using Form I-485 (Application to Register Permanent Residence) simultaneously with Form I-130. If you are outside the U.S., you will go through consular processing first then adjustment of status once in the U.S.
After receiving the immigrant petition, the USCIS will verify the information and evidence provided. If they approve your petition, they will send a notification of the next steps by mail, after which you will be required to wait until an immigrant visa becomes available. There is a yearly limit on the number of FB-1 visas available, which is currently 23,400. You may confirm the yearly limit and any final action dates for filing your green card application through the U.S. Department of State’s Visa Bulletin. Once a visa becomes available, you must file Form DS-260 (the Application for Immigrant Visa and Alien Registration) along with supporting documents online. You will be scheduled for a visa interview at your country’s U.S. embassy or consulate.
The USCIS may request specific documents from the citizen parent during the initial filing of the immigration petition, Form-130. Providing other documentation that serves as further evidence of the information contained in the petition can be beneficial. They must also provide accurate and precise copies of these documents. Some common documents that they may be required to provide include:
Proof of U.S. citizenship
Government-issued ID, such as a passport
Form I-864 (Affidavit of Support)
Proof of relationship, such as birth certificates
Andrew T. Thomas, Attorneys at Law, can help you collect, prepare, and attach everything necessary to make a more compelling argument for your case.
The processing time for FB-1 visa applications is regularly updated on the USCIS online case processing times page. The time may vary depending on the USCIS workload and the service center handling the application. The current average processing times for FB-1 applications are as follows:
All field offices – 86.5 months
California service center – 78 months
National benefits center – 69 months
Nebraska service center – 22.5 months
Potomac service center – 69 months
Texas service center – 46.5 months
Vermont service center – 48 months
Our lawyers have handled several immigration cases, including family and spousal petitions. We have the experience and skills required for dealing with green card applications. Every family-based immigration case is unique, and without understanding immigration law and its procedures, you may run into serious complications with your application. At Andrew T. Thomas, Attorneys at Law, we can guide you through the application process and assist you in properly filing your FB-1 visa application. Our lawyers can also do the following:
Advise you on the supporting evidence to be provided in your case
Assist you in obtaining permanent resident status (green card)
Help you prepare for your FB-1 visa interview
Guide you toward the path of obtaining U.S. citizenship
Immigration laws are complex, making it challenging for individuals to handle their applications alone. The stakes are high when it comes to filing immigrant petitions for immediate family members. One mistake can result in the denial of your application and a longer, if not permanent, separation of you and your loved ones. Hiring skilled immigration attorneys will ensure that you get professional advice and bring you several steps closer to establishing permanent residence for your non-citizen adult children.
Do you want to file a family immigration petition and require support with your application? Andrew T. Thomas, Attorneys at Law, may be able to help. Contact our law office today for more information on your case and how we can help.
FB-1 visas come with several long-term benefits. In addition to reuniting with your family, lawful permanent residents can live and work permanently in the United States. A green card can grant you access to various immigration benefits. This includes being eligible to bring your spouse to the USA after marriage. You may also apply for citizenship after satisfying the requirements set by the USCIS.