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Where to find guidance resources regarding U.S. Immigration Law

Many families in Georgia and other states across the nation face tremendous challenges regarding family-based visas and other immigration-related issues. U.S. immigration law is often complex and confusing, especially for those who struggle to understand the English language. There are resources available that may help alleviate stress when seeking answers to immigration questions.

With regard to family-based visas, lack of information often leads to misguided decisions. For instance, many people falsely believe that one can apply for a permanent residence visa through a grandparent, cousin, aunt or uncle already living in the United States. However, none of these relatives are among those who may act as sponsors to immigrants seeking residence within the nation's borders.

There are various categories into which family-based visas are separated. Depending on which type of application one plans to file, the availability of visas may or may not be limited. Immediate Relative Visas are unlimited, but they pertain only to very specific persons---namely, spouses of U.S. citizens, orphans adopted abroad or planning to be adopted in the United States by U.S. citizens, and unmarried children over the age of 21 who have at least one parent who is a U.S. citizen.

The other category of family-based visas involves more distant familial relationships. Because the U.S. Immigration Law and the regulations that govern these and other immigrant-related matters change frequently, it is best to seek clarification of current guidelines before filing an application. In Georgia and elsewhere, one may contact an attorney for guidance regarding any immigration issue.

Source: travel.state.gov, "Family-based Immigrant Visas", Accessed on Sept. 6, 2016

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