Sibling Visa

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Massachusetts and Connecticut Immigration Lawyer

At The Harrington Law Firm we help clients from Connecticut, Massachusetts and across the United States deal with family immigration cases involving petitioning for sibling visas.

"Sibling" is not defined under United States immigration law. The law indicates that for a brother or sister of a U.S. citizen to come to the United States on a sibling visa, it must be shown that both individuals are children of a common parent. In addition, half brothers and sisters may also be eligible to seek this type of visa.

For those individuals who are adopted, they cannot petition his or her natural-born brother or sister, because once an adoption is completed, biological relationships may be severed for immigration purposes.

Preference System

People who want to become immigrants are divided into categories based on a preference system. A fourth preference classification may qualify a sibling to petition for immigration if they have an adult brother or sister, 21 years or older and is an U.S. citizen.

The waiting time for an immigrant visa after the National Visa Center or foreign service post receives the approved petition depends on several factors, including the date of petition and the number of people petitioning. Preference visas are numerically limited. A case must wait until the priority date on the petition is available before starting to process the case.

For further information on sibling visas please contact The Harrington Law Firm for a consultation.