If you have a Green Card and your family members have applied for immigration visas, you can bring your family members together under the US V visa. In other words, your family members can use this visa to join you in the US while they are waiting to obtain their immigrant visa. But you should keep in mind that this visa is a kind of non-immigrant status.
What are the requirements for this visa?
Note that your spouse, children (unmarried and under 21 years of old), and the children of your spouse can apply for this visa.
Your family members will be eligible for the US V visa in the following circumstances:
- You need to provide Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative, for your family member on or before December 21, 2000. The petition includes children who are single and under 21.
- Your family members have been waiting at least three years since you submitted the petition.
- The immigrant permit is not available on an approved Form I-130 petition or the application to adjust status is pending, or the petition for an immigrant visa is pending.
- The priority date of your family members must be at least three years old and must not be current.
- Your family member must not have already had an interview or be scheduled for an interview.
How to apply for the US V visa?
The US V visa application process depends on whether your family members are in the United States. If your family members live in the United States, the visa application process is as follows:
1) As a petitioner, you must submit the following forms to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services or USCIS:
- Form I-539, Application to Change Nonimmigrant Status, and Supplement A
- Form I-693, Report of Medical Examination and Vaccination Record
2) If your family members live outside the United States, you should consider the following:
- The applicants need to go through consular processing. Once you have an approved immigrant petition and an immigrant visa number is immediately available to you, there are two approaches for lawful permanent resident status. Suppose you are outside of the United States. In that case, you may apply at a US Department of State consulate abroad for an immigrant visa to go to this country and be recognized as a permanent resident. This pathway is called consular processing. If you are currently in the United States, you can apply for permanent resident status without having to return your home country. This process is called adjustment of status.
Let’s Sum up …
In this article, we have an overview of the most important points related to US V visa. On the Visa Library website, you can learn about other types of US visas as well as immigration procedures to other countries.
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