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Old 01-23-2004, 05:39 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Relatives want to move to USA

Hey all!
Have no idea where to start so I decided to post and see what input there is.
I currently have family in Peru who want to come to the US to find work and go to school. What they wanted to do was get paper work to stay in the US for a month or so and somehow try to get an extension so they can stay until they are nationalized. Not sure how any of this immagration stuff works anymore. They would be living with me until they make enough to get their own place. My cousin is only 12 so she would be going to school while her parents work. I know that it may be more difficult these days to try something like that, any ideas? They want to legitimately stay here. I hear you get a lawyer that specialises in this to help, but what kind of lawyer would that be and where would I find one? What do I say to the lawyer? BTW, they all carry Chinese passports. I think the reason why they are in Peru was the communists in China were after my uncle, not 100% sure about that.

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Old 01-23-2004, 08:09 PM   #2 (permalink)
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My advice would be to have them call or go to the nearest US consulate/embassy and ask there. They will tell them everything they'd need to do; it's part of their job.
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Old 01-23-2004, 08:31 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Their best bet might be a work visa. But you can only apply for that if you already have an employer in the States that wants to hire you. They could come into the US on a tourist visa and seek employment, and start the application process once they find something for sure. There are certain countries from which you can visit the States for 90 days without a visa, but I do not believe that applies for Peru or China. I'm not a 100% sure, so check. You cannot change your status if you're in the country with a tourist visa, though.

You can take a look at www.bcis.gov for more information on immigration. I migrated into the States last year, but I don't feel that I can give you valid information as my situation was quite different.

However I will give you one piece of advice... They should look into every action with great detail before doing anything. Should they end up going with a temporary visa, they should make sure they do not extend their stay beyond the validity of the visa. The immigration services take their rules extremely seriously, nowadays more than ever. Furthermore, always tell the truth, regardless of what it is and whether you want to or not. Not volunteering crucial information = lying, as well.
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Old 01-24-2004, 05:58 PM   #4 (permalink)
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It is wisest for them to (or maybe even you could) contact the Immigration Dept. and get the answers needed.
That is the only sure way of finding out what they can do.
 
Old 01-24-2004, 09:27 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Re: Relatives want to move to USA

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I hear you get a lawyer that specialises in this to help, but what kind of lawyer would that be and where would I find one? What do I say to the lawyer?
Immigration Lawyer. I would check the yellow pages or get a referal from any attorney you already now.

and this is a GREAT angle to persue:

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BTW, they all carry Chinese passports. I think the reason why they are in Peru was the communists in China were after my uncle, not 100% sure about that.
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Old 01-29-2004, 07:59 PM   #6 (permalink)
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If the Communist Chinese really are after them, then they might even be granted asylum on the basis of persecution if returned to China.

But that's something an Immigration Attorney or the Immigration and Naturalization Service will have to give you more details about.
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Old 01-30-2004, 12:22 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Immigration Lawyer. No two ways about it. You can either pay for his time, or pay using your time to learn everything to file this, that and the other. Every situation is unique, and if you dont' file the right papers to right place you waste your time and filing fees. I am currently trying to move to be with my fiance in Canada ( im from the U.S. ).
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Old 02-03-2004, 02:04 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Watch out for some Immigration Lawyers.
Some are crooks. (I guess as with all people, some are)

My wife is from El Salvador, and we did all of her paperwork ourselves. The hard part is getting the visa to get into the country.

How are they releated? For immideate (sp?) family, you can apply for Permement Residency status as a sponser. Otherwise, they get put on a BIG (over 2 years) waiting list.

The immagration website has a lot of good information.
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Old 02-03-2004, 05:53 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Watch out for some Immigration Lawyers.
Some are crooks. (I guess as with all people, some are)

My wife is from El Salvador, and we did all of her paperwork ourselves. The hard part is getting the visa to get into the country.

How are they releated? For immideate (sp?) family, you can apply for Permement Residency status as a sponser. Otherwise, they get put on a BIG (over 2 years) waiting list.

The immagration website has a lot of good information.
My aunt is my mom's sister
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Old 02-04-2004, 07:21 AM   #10 (permalink)
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My aunt is my mom's sister
Is your mom a Citizan?
If so, she can help your aunt apply for Residency status.
(That get's her a work permit)

Naturalization happens after 5 years of Residency status, unless the Permant Resident is married to a US Citizen. Then it is 3 years before you can apply.

My wife's application took over a year to process, and we are still waiting on the letter for the oath ceramony.

I think then, your aunt can apply for the rest of Her family.

Go look at the immigration web site. It has the qualifications listed.
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