posted on Aug, 8 2010 @ 02:27 PM
Will throw this in since it will be mentioned any way.
Let's assume 2 illegal immigrant parents have a baby in the US. So the baby is automatically recognized as an American.
Many believe it is an easy pathway to a green card for the illegal parents.
First the illegal immigrant parents will have to wait till the child is 21 years old in order for the child to submit the necessary paperwork.
U.S. citizens must be age 21 or older to file petitions for siblings or parents. There is no minimum age for a sponsor to file petitions for all
other categories of family based immigrant visas. However, you must be 18 years of age and have a residence (domicile) in the U.S. before you can sign
the Affidavit of Support, Form I-864 or I-864-EZ. This form is required for an immigrant visa for spouses and other relatives of U.S.
So far, the illegal immigrant parents have to wait 21 years just for the process to begin.
Then immigration fees have to paid, need a medical examination and updated on vaccinations, have to go before an interview.
Of course, all of this takes more time to go through the process of getting a green card.
Many approved immigrant petitions take additional time because they are in numerically limited categories. The length of time varies from case to
case according to its circumstances, and cannot be predicted for individual cases with any accuracy. Some cases are delayed because the applicants do
not follow instructions carefully. Sometimes the petitioner cannot meet Affidavit of Support requirements. Some visa applications require further
administrative processing, which takes additional time after the visa applicant’s interview by a Consular Officer.
And of course, none of this is a guarantee.
Certain conditions and activities may make you, the applicant, ineligible for a visa.
Furthermore, after a wait of about 25 years or more the illegal immigrant parents may have died, changed their mind about coming to the US, or just
get frustrated with the system among other possible reasons.
Here is the source for the quotes above with all the requirements for bringing relatives to the US.
[edit on 8-8-2010 by jam321]