My life was very different before KWA helped me become a U.S. citizen. I was living a fear. I couldn’t provide for my children. We couldn’t receive state assistance. When my father died, I couldn’t go back home to Samoa for his funeral because I wasn’t a legal citizen…
Now that I’m a legal citizen, I plan to go visit my family. We can do things that we couldn’t do before. I was able to find a job. I can legally work and take care of my family. My family and I can receive food stamp assistance. I don’t have to be afraid. Last weekend, I applied for my license. When they asked me for all my legal documents, I cried because for the first time, I have it all! I’m Legal. I’m secure. I feel so happy. My children are happy too.
Many immigrants to the U.S. can get Green Cards (become permanent residents) through family members. Depending on your status you might be able to petition for permanent residency on behalf of your family member.
A U.S. citizen can file a petition for the following relatives:
- Husband or wife
- Fiancé of fiancée
- Children, married or unmarried
- Brothers or sisters
A permanent resident of the United States can file a petition for the following relatives:
- Husband or wife; and
- Unmarried child(ren), regardless of age.
Note: Only U.S. citizens may petition for married children.
KWA’s Center for Citizenship and Immigration Services (CCIS) can help you in the family based petition process.
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