Immigration Issues/family petitions

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My wife has her perm. res. and is going to be applying for U.S. citizenship in a couple months.  When she gets her citizenship, we would like to bring, from Colombia, her brother, sister, and mother to live with us in the U.S.  Her brother and sister are 12,13 years old.  What are the steps we are going to need to take?  About how long is the process?  Is there anything we need to know; possible obstacles? Thanks.

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Hi,

When your wife is a U.S. citizen, she can sponsor her siblings and mother. The various family sponsorship categories are noted here: http://h1b1.com/sponsor.htm

Sponsorship is normally initiated through the filing of an I-130 petition with the USCIS: http://www.uscis.gov/files/form/I-130.pdf

It will take about one year for a parent, and about 10 years or more for a sibling.

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Ajay K. Arora, Esq.
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I can answer your questions on employment and family-based U.S. Immigration Law. Expertise in various immigration categories includes the following: H-1B, L-1, O-1, PERM (labor certification), EB-1 to EB-3 I-140 employment-based immigrant petitions, family or fiance(e) or spousal sponsorship, visa extension or change of status, adjustment of status, naturalization (citizenship), etc.

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Ajay K. Arora attended Pennsylvania State University and the University of Wales at Swansea (United Kingdom), and earned his law degree at Temple University School of Law, Philadelphia, in 1993. Mr. Arora has practiced Immigration Law since graduation and is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association since 1995.

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American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) full member since 1995.

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Ajay K. Arora attended Pennsylvania State University and the University of Wales at Swansea (United Kingdom), and earned his law degree at Temple University School of Law, Philadelphia, in 1993. Mr. Arora has practiced Immigration Law since graduation and is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association since 1995.

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