The United States of America has long been a land of opportunity for individuals seeking a better future. With its diverse culture, robust economy, and numerous opportunities, it is no wonder that many people aspire to immigrate to the USA, in particular to the state of Connecticut and the lovely New England region. To facilitate legal immigration, the U.S. government offers various types of immigrant visas. Here are some of the most common immigrant visa categories and their requirements.
Family-Based Immigrant Visas
The family-based immigrant visa category allows U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents (green card holders) to sponsor their immediate relatives for immigration to the USA. This category is divided into two subcategories:
- Immediate Relative Immigrant Visas: These visas are available to the immediate relatives of U.S. citizens, including spouses, unmarried children under 21 years old, and parents of U.S. citizens who are at least 21 years old.
- Family Preference Immigrant Visas: These visas are available to certain family members of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents, including unmarried children over 21 years old, married children of any age, and siblings of U.S. citizens. The number of these visas are limited in a calendar year.
Diversity Visa Program
The Diversity Visa Program, also known as the Green Card Lottery, is an annual program that grants immigrant visas to individuals from countries with historically low rates of immigration to the United States. The program aims to promote diversity and ensure that immigrants from a wide range of countries have the opportunity to immigrate to the USA. If you applied to this program, check your status regularly to find out your status.
Refugee and Asylum-Based Immigrant Visas
The refugee and asylum-based immigrant visa categories are intended for individuals who are fleeing persecution or have a well-founded fear of persecution in their home countries. Refugees are individuals who are outside the United States and have been granted protection, while asylum seekers are individuals who are already in the United States and apply for protection.
Immigrants in Connecticut: Contact the Law Offices of James A. Welcome
The United States offers a variety of immigrant visas to facilitate legal immigration for individuals seeking a new life in the country. From family-based visas to programs like the Diversity Visa Lottery, there are multiple paths to pursue for those who wish to immigrate to the USA. It is essential to understand the specific requirements and eligibility criteria associated with each visa category and seek professional guidance to navigate the complex immigration process successfully.
If you are considering immigrating to the United States, it is advisable to consult with an immigration attorney. Contact the Law Offices of James A. Welcome at 205-753-7300 to schedule a consultation at one of our offices.