If you have a parent or sibling who is a legal permanent resident or US citizen, your relative may be able to petition for you to immigrate. However, before someone files a petition on your behalf talk with a Hyannis attorney experienced with handling immigration applications for legal advice and guidance through the process.
Immigration through a parent or sibling can be complicated. In general, to be eligible to bring your brother or sister to live in the United States, you must be a U.S. citizen and at least 21 years of age. Permanent residents cannot petition for their siblings under current law. A US citizen parent may petition for a child of any age and a permanent resident parent can do so if the child is under 21 or if the child is still unmarried and over 21 years old.
No matter what your legal issue may be, it is always best to seek legal help early in the process. An attorney can help secure what is likely to be the best possible outcome for your situation and avoid both unnecessary complications or errors.
An experienced lawyer should be able to communicate a basic "road map" on how to proceed. The lawyer should be able to walk you through the anticipated process, key considerations, and potential pitfalls to avoid. Once you've laid out the facts of your situation to the lawyer, he/she should be able to frame expectations and likely scenarios to help you understand your legal issue.
A reputable attorney will be very upfront about how he/she will charge you. The three most common fee structures that attorneys use to charge for their services are:
Depending on your specific legal situation, it's possible that only one type of fee structure is available. For instance, criminal defense attorneys almost always bill by the hour. In a flat fee arrangement, an attorney accepts a one-time payment to help you resolve your issue. With a contingent fee agreement, the client pays little to nothing upfront and the attorney receives a percentage of the money recovered if you win your case.
Plaintiff - a person or party who brings a lawsuit against another person(s) or party/parties in a court of law. Private persons or parties can only file suit in civil court.
Judgment - A decision of the court. Also known as a decree or order. Judgments handed down by the court are usually binding on the parties before the court.