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Can I sponsor my nephew and his wife for permanent residency?

Farmington, MI |
Filed under: Spousal immigration

My half-brother held dual US/UK citizenship until he was 21 but did not know he had to declare his US citizenship in order to retain it so he is now only a UK citizen. Now my 33 year old nephew would like to immigrate but I don't qualify as an immediate relative.

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Hi, you are correct. You do not qualify as an immediate relative for your nephew and his wife.

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It may be worth looking into to see if there's anything your half-brother can do to re-claim his citizenship. How did he acquire U.S. citizenship? As stated above, nephews do not qualify as immediate relative for U.S. citizenship purposes. There still may be other options for him, such as a nonimmigrant visa. If he (or his wife) worked for a company in the past three years, and that company were willing to send him to the U.S. to work for one of their affiliates (or to open a new company in the U.S.), he may qualify. Also, if he or his wife is British (or from another qualifying country), they could also consider opening up a company in the U.S. and receive a visa based on a substantial investment of ongoing trade with the U.S. and qualifying country.

Please contact a reputable law firm for assistance (note: that most out-of-state attorneys can legally help you because we are permitted to practice federal immigration law outside of our state of jurisdiction).

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