If you or a loved one is seeking an immigrant visa, it is essential that you seek the aid of an experienced NY immigration lawyer from Pozo Goldstein, LLP.

When a foreign national wishes to legally enter, reside and work in the United States, they will need to obtain an immigrant visa. These are not for people who wish to stay in the U.S. for a short period of time to visit or for temporary work – those are called non-immigrant visas.

There are many different types of immigrant visas, the more common ones include:

  • Family visas;
  • Fiancé visas;
  • Work visas; and
  • Permanent residence visas

Understanding Immigration Sponsorship

It is important to recognize that to be eligible for an immigrant visa that you will be required to receive sponsorship from either a U.S. citizen, a lawful permanent resident (LPR) or someone who is a prospective employer. This sponsorship is basically a vouch for you – not only your moral character, but also your financial ability to cover your expenses while in the United States. This is most clearly seen in family based immigration where citizens will sponsor spouses and other relatives.

To sponsor a relative, you must first have petitioned for them, had this approved by the USCIS and be sure that the visa is currently available. Next, the relative will either be scheduled to appear before a Consular Officer or be attempting to adjust their status to a lawful permanent resident while in the states. If they are in a foreign country, you will need to submit the Form I-864, as well as the Affidavit of Support. This is basically accepting financial responsibility for the person you are sponsoring.

Looking to apply for an immigrant visa? Get the answers you need!

Knowing your circumstances and knowing which visa to apply for could mean the difference between your visa being approved or denied. There are many confusing documents that must be filled out, as well as tedious verification that must be done. The entire process is extremely delicate, which means that there are many ways for your chances of obtaining a visa to be harmed or destroyed.

If you or a loved one is seeking to apply for an immigrant visa, it is essential that you seek the aid of a skilled and experienced New York immigration lawyer from Pozo Goldstein, LLP. Our firm is dedicated to helping our clients through any process that involves immigration. When applying for a visa of any kind you will need the best help you can get, our firm is just that, we are committed to aiding you as best we can throughout your application process, and will represent you in court if the need should arise.