After immigrating to the U.S. and settling in Illinois, you are gaining more and more optimism about your ability to help your family immigrate. Your desire to be with your family members is fueling your effort to learn more about the immigration process so that you can reunite the people who mean the most to you. 

Following the designated process for completing legal immigration is imperative to you and your family’s ability to remain in the country without the worry of being deported. According to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, you do have to meet certain requirements to be eligible to legally help your family work their way towards coming to the United States. To be able to help them, you need to meet one or more of the following conditions:

  • Have an active and valid Green Card that allows you permanent residency in the country. 
  • Be a legally designated U.S. citizen. 
  • Have been given asylum or refugee status within the last 24 months. 

If you are a member of the military or have family members that are, the requirements may be different. There are also different instructions if you are engaged to someone who is not a U.S. citizen, but you currently are a legal citizen. Paying close attention to your situation and thoroughly reading through the process that fits your situation is crucial to avoid penalties because incorrect instructions or processes were followed.

The information in this article is intended for educational purposes only and should not be taken as legal advice.