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Bring family members here, but remember important points

On Behalf of | Mar 13, 2019 | Family Immigration

Bringing family members into the United States from another country requires that you fill out immigration paperwork and go through a process. This isn’t going to be easy and since the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) tends to run behind on processing times, which can mean that applications take longer than they should. This can make it a challenge to plan for your loved one to come here, but it can also pose problems with the renewals.

It is important to note that even if a person has a renewal application pending, they can still be arrested and possibly deported if they don’t have a valid one at the time they are approached about their immigration status. Making sure that they have their documentation in order when they come here and handling renewal applications early can prevent this from happening.

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services must have a valid address for anyone who remains in the U.S. for more than 30 days, so remember this if you bring family members here. There is a form that must be filled out for each person that has a change of address, including children. This must be done within 10 days of the move. They may have to alert more than one office, depending on what applications are pending at the time.

Nobody who is here on an immigration status should get into trouble with the law. Legal cases can mean that their moral turpitude is in question, which can lead to possible deportation. If there are any criminal law matters that must be addressed, don’t waste time since these can be very serious matters for an immigrant.