Fortunately, people with legal US citizenship can reunite their families in this country. In this way, all family members will be able to thrive and live in the United States.
Immediate Relative visas are family-based immigration visas that are divided into 5 categories. In the following, our principal focus is on the Children Green Card.
The IR2 visa or Children Green Card is an immigrant visa issued to unmarried children under the age of 21 the US citizens. In this article, we study the application process, processing time, requirements, interview questions, and other details related to the IR2 visa.
What is a Children Green Card?
As mentioned, this visa is issued to children under the age of 21 and unmarried US citizens. Children under the Child Status Protection Act can also use this visa, provided they are under 21 years old. Children who receive this visa can live in the United States and continue their education. These people will also be eligible for a Green Card after a while. Unlike employment-based visas and Family Preference Immigrant visas, Immediate Relative Immigrant visas do not have an annual cap. Therefore, all people who are eligible to receive an IR2 visa can obtain their visas.
What are the requirements for an ER2 visa?
Unlike other visas, the requirements for this visa are not very complicated. Eligible children must:
- Have less than 21 years
- Be single
- Live in a foreign country
- Have lived with their adaptive US citizen parents for at least two years.
US citizens should also consider the following:
- Be a legal citizen of the United States.
- Have adopted a child from another country and lived with him/her for at least two years.
- Consent to adopting a child who is unmarried and under 21 years old from a foreign country.
How to apply for a Children Green Card?
The visa application process has two general steps. A US citizen must first file a petition to the US Citizenship and Immigration Services or USCIS. If the request is approved, the child can go to the US Embassy in his/her home country and initiate the visa application process.
File the petition
The US citizen must first submit his or her application to the USCIS by filing a Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relatives. At this step, the US citizen is required to pay a fee as the application fee to process the petition.
The petition is then processed at the Department of Homeland Security and takes several weeks to announce the result. Ultimately, the USCIS will notify the US citizen of the final decision. If the appeal is rejected, the reasons will be explained to the petitioner. Otherwise, the file will be sent to the National Visa Center or NVC. From this point onward, NVC will be responsible for handling the file.
The NVC first assigns a case number to the file, then sends the information with instructions explaining the visa application process to the IR2 visa applicant.
Apply for a Children Green Card
After the USCIS approves the petition, the IR2 visa applicant can begin the visa application process via the US Embassy in their country. Since the applicant for this visa may be a minor, he or she may need someone helping them in the visa application process. In any case, the process of applying for an IR2 visa is as follows:
1. Completion and submission of Form DS-260
This form is available online on the Consular Electronic Application Center (CEAC) website. Applicants for an IR2 visa or someone assisting them can access and complete the form through the case number defined by the NVC. This form contains questions about the purpose of immigrating to the United States. After completing and submitting the form, a confirmation page will appear that must be submitted as part of the documentation in the next steps.
2. Perform medical examinations and vaccinations
At this stage, the applicant must visit a licensed physician to perform some checkups and get some vaccines. The physician will complete and sign the forms after doing the examination. The instructions sent by NVC specify the procedure of performing the examinations.
3. Prepare documents
In addition to the application form, the applicant must submit other documents to the NVC. The list of documents to be submitted is:
- A valid passport
- Form I-864, Affidavit of Support, which is signed by the applicant’s parents
- Confirmation Page of Form DS-260
- Documents related to examinations and vaccinations
- Two photos
- Criminal records
- If you have served in the military, you need to provide relevant records
4. Participate in the interview
If the applicant’s documents are complete and correct, the NVC will schedule an interview at the embassy. All US visa applicants, whether immigrant or nonimmigrant, must attend the visa interview. Since the applicant may be a minor, in this case, a caretaker will probably be needed. Finally, after the interview, the consular officer decides whether the visa will be granted to the applicant.
5. Receive NVC package and travel to the USA
If the child’s application is approved, the visa will be stamped in his/ her passport, and he/she can travel to the US freely. The embassy gives another package to the applicant. Please note that the applicant should not open this package under any circumstances. After arriving in the United States, immigration officers will pick up the package, open it, and decide whether you will enter the United States.
What questions might be asked in an IR2 visa interview?
The interview time will not be long. The applicant must answer the questions asked by the immigration officer directly, shortly, and honestly. Some of the common questions that may be asked are:
- What is your name?
- How old are you?
- Who petitioned for your visa?
- When was the last time you met your parents?
- Do you have a picture of yourself with your parents?
- Do your parents support you?
- How often do your parents send you money?
- Where in the United States, do your parents live?
- Do you have any relatives in the United States?
How long does it take to evaluate the submitted documents and issue the visa?
Since the issuance of the IR2 visas is not an annual cap, and all eligible applicants can receive their visas, the processing time is not very long. Generally, an IR2 visa is issued between 3 and 12 months.
How can IR2 visa holders obtain permanent residency in the United States?
Children who come to the United States on an IR2 visa can receive US citizenship immediately. Those under the age of 18 receive citizenship as soon as they arrive in the United States and declare that they live in the United States with their parents. People over the age of 18 become permanent citizens, receive their IR2 Green Cards, and can apply for citizenship.
Let’s sum up…
In this article, we discussed essential details about children’s green cards, including the application process, requirements, processing time, interview questions, costs, and more. Besides, on the Visa Library website, you can learn about other types of US visas as well as how to immigrate to other countries.
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