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Sponsor's status could affect family immigration visas

Coming to Louisiana or other parts of the United States is a complicated process. Some individuals may have family members that already live in the country, and they may have hopes that family immigration will help them reach a new home. Of course, this process still takes time and effort to complete.

In order for a relative to sponsor a sibling's or parent's immigrant visa, the sponsor must be at least 21 years old. This age requirement is not necessary for other relatives. The sponsor must also be a citizen or lawful permanent resident and have a place of residence in the United States. The difference between being a lawful permanent resident and a naturalized citizen can also affect the type of visa that family members could obtain.

When a sponsor files a petition for a spouse or minor child as a lawful permanent resident, the situation falls into the family second preference category. However, if the sponsor becomes a U.S. citizen, the category will change to immediate relative. This change can be especially important because there is no cap on the number of visas issued for the immediate relative category.

The sponsor's immigration status can also have other effects on family immigration. As a result, it is important that parties understand how the specific details of their cases could affect the entire process. Working with experienced Louisiana immigration law attorneys may be wise for individuals hoping to help their family members come to the United States. Having professional help could better ensure that mistakes are avoided.

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