Immigrant families face many different kinds of actual and threatened familial separations. Some are separated from family members who stayed behind in their country of origin. Others face separation because they are held in detention centers or because someone gets deported.
When you’re separated from those you love the most in the world, your main goal is likely to be reunited. Read on to discover our tips for navigating some of these situations and reuniting with your family members.
- If you have become a U.S. citizen and you want the loved ones you left behind to join you in the United States, petition for them.
You are eligible to petition for your spouse, parents, and unmarried children under the age of 21. These immediate relatives have special priority so you do not have to wait for a visa to become available to them as you do with other types of visas.
- If your loved one has been detained, find out if bond has been set so you can bail them out while you await further action.
As in criminal courts, ICE typically gives detainees the opportunity to get out of detainment on bond. They must pay a certain amount to guarantee they will show up for future court dates. The bond amount can be anywhere between $1,500 and $20,000 or more. Removal can happen in a matter of months, or it could take years. Either way, bond gives you a chance to have more time together as you consider your options.
- Consult an immigration attorney.
No matter the nature of your separation, an immigration attorney can likely offer advice for how you can reunite. They can offer insight about the laws regulating your situation, what types of visas and waivers may be available, and more.
Who can help?
At Villegas Law Office, we understand how important it is for you to reunite with your family. If you are dealing with any type of immigration issue that is keeping you from being with the ones you love, we want to help. We have personally gone through the immigration process ourselves, and can bring great compassion to your case, as well as extensive knowledge and legal experience. Give us a call at (956) 412-0707 to connect with an attorney who will advocate for you tirelessly through this difficult process.