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 Gahanna 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.
It is in your best interest to get legal help early on in addressing your situation. There are times when hiring a lawyer quickly is critical to your case, such as if you are charged with a crime. It may also be in your best interest to have a lawyer review the fine print before signing legal documents. A lawyer can also help you get the compensation you deserve if you've suffered a serious injury. For issues where money or property is at stake, having a lawyer guide you through the complexities of the legal system can save you time, hassle, and possibly a lot of grief in the long run.
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.
Pro se - This Latin term refers to representing yourself in court instead of hiring professional legal counsel. Pro se representation can occur in either criminal or civil cases.
Statute - Refers to a law created by a legislative body. For example, the laws enacted by Congress are statutes.
Subject matter jurisdiction - Requirement that a particular court have authority to hear the claim based on the specific type of issue brought to the court. For example, the U.S. Bankruptcy Court only has subject matter jurisdiction over bankruptcy filings, therefore it does not have the authority to render binding judgment over other types of cases, such as divorce.
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