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Understanding immigration petitions

In Arizona, parties that have certain relationships with others who wish to immigrate to the U.S. may file petitions on their behalf. Immigration petitions are applications that the U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents or employers may file on behalf of the immigrants.

Family members of immigrants who have certain relationships may file immigration petitions on their behalf. The family members must meet certain guidelines in order to petition for their immigrant relatives. The petitions are normally treated in order of priority with U.S. citizens who petition for their spouses or minor unmarried children having top priority.

Employers are also able to petition on behalf of immigrants that they would like to hire. The employers must be able to demonstrate their need for the immigrants who they petition for. The demonstrated need must also include a difficulty in finding U.S. workers who are able or willing to fill the positions. When petitions are approved, the immigrants are generally allowed to live and work in the U.S. for a set time period. The petitions do not automatically lead to a grant of citizenship, however.

U.S. immigration law is very complex. People who are wanting to immigrate to the U.S. and those who want to sponsor their family members may want to get help from experienced immigration lawyers who may help their clients to navigate the complex laws and to complete their petitions. They may also assist them in gathering the documents that they might need to support their petitions. The attorneys may also help their clients to prepare for immigration hearings.

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