Trying to cover all the necessary legal bases to move your family from a foreign country to Pennsylvania or some other state in the U.S. to live can be one of the most exasperating, challenging experiences of a lifetime. The more you know about family-based immigration laws, as well as your own rights, the better. It can also be very helpful to have an immigrant advocate by your side throughout the process.

While some people consider every person in their extended relative line as close family members, when it comes to family immigration laws, only select relationships qualify. It’s critical that you understand the difference between family preference petitions and immediate family member petitions when planning to apply for a family-based immigration status. If you happen to be serving as a sponsor for someone coming to the U.S., it’s also important to seek clarification on your personal obligations, such as agreeing to provide your family member with a means of financial support.

Securing a passport for a child can also be a stressful process as there are many forms to fill out, and both parents must consent to the child’s move to the United States. Any number of legal problems can arise when trying to navigate the family-based immigration process. Knowing where to seek to support can mean the difference between a successful outcome and a veritable legal mess.

The Mattes & Mahon, PC, in Pennsylvania is committed to providing sound counsel and practical support to those seeking assistance regarding any aspect of the family-based immigration process or other immigrant issues. Whether your goals pertain to securing a green card issues, marrying a U.S. citizen or a obtaining a K-4 child visa, you can streamline your efforts and avoid major obstacles by acting alongside experienced guidance. Our attorneys are fully prepared to help you explore all options available and choose those most viable to your particular situation.