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Family-Based Immigration: What is Voluntary Departure?

Woman tourist passenger getting in to airplane at airport, walking from the terminal to the plane.

Voluntary departure refers to the departure of an immigrant from the United States without an order of removal. The departure may or may not be preceded by a hearing before an immigration judge. When an immigrant is allowed to depart from the country voluntarily, they concede removability, but they …


What are the Requirements for Obtaining a Family-Based Visa?

U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents (green card holders) can petition for the immigration of a family member. While reuniting citizens and green card holders with overseas family members is an essential goal of U.S. immigration law, only specific family members are eligible for family-based immigration.

Every relation of a U.S. citizen or permanent resident does not qualify for a U.S. green card. According to …


In the News: USCIS Cracks Down on Marriage Based Petitions Involving Minors

To crack down on unconsenting child brides, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is following a new set of rules. The rules will change the method of assessment for petitions received from individuals who seek to bring their migrant spouse into the United States. The announcement followed the discovery that thousands of such requests involving minors got approval last year.

The crackdown will not …


Family Based Immigration: How Does a US Citizen Sponsor a Relative?

Citizens of the United States or permanent residents (green card holders) who have family members that live outside of the United States can file petitions to assist them in immigrating. The U.S. policy goal of family reunification supports the process.

For those wishing to sponsor a relative who does not already live in the United States, the process starts with a green card. The application …

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