One of the more difficult aspects of immigration is the potential for separation from the family members. Parents who want to offer their children a better life may have to travel abroad without their children at first.
Sometimes, there are also complications when people from two different countries get married. Parents can find themselves living far away from their children. Being separated by an international border is difficult for those who love one another.
Thankfully, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) does allow parents to petition for visas on behalf of their children. When can parents potentially help their children enter the U.S.?
The parent must meet certain criteria
Citizens of the United States obviously have the strongest case and best opportunity to help family members enter the country. However, permanent residents can also petition on behalf of their children. Even those temporarily entering the United States on a work-related visa may sometimes be able to bring their children with them.
The age and marital status of the children is crucial
Background checks, medical exams and immigration interviews are necessary for everyone who might enter the U.S. The USCIS cares not just about the parent but also about the child seeking entry. They will need to show that they qualify for entry and that they meet certain criteria as a child of a citizen or permanent resident.
The most opportunities exist for children who are under the age of 21 and not married. Sometimes, parents can sponsor older children. Citizens may even be able to help their married, older children. Understanding current family immigration policies can help you explore ways to reconnect with your family.