My mother came to the USA from Mexico in 1995. I was born in California in 1996, I am now 20 years old. I would like to petition for my mother and my grandmother who both raised me but I'm not sure if they would receive the pardon for living illeg...
You need to consult with an immigration attorney.
However, for the benefit of an understanding of the complex process and the difficulties that undocumented individuals face in this country, here is a brief procedure based on the USCIS helpful websites:
Undocumented Parents of US Citizens Living in the US
The Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) offers an individual two primary paths to permanent resident status (a green card). An individual who is the beneficiary of an approved immigrant petition and has an immigrant visa number immediately available may apply at a US Department of State consulate abroad for an immigrant visa in order to come to the United States and be admitted as a permanent resident. This pathway is referred to as “consular processing.” All undocumented immigrants have to leave the country for consular processing.
However, undocumented individuals will be barred from entering the US for a period of time. Foreign nationals who have accrued more than 180 days of unlawful presence while in the United States must obtain a waiver of inadmissibility to overcome the unlawful presence bars under section 212(a)(9)(B) of the Immigration and Nationality Act before they can return. Typically, these foreign nationals cannot apply for a waiver until after they have appeared for their immigrant visa interview abroad, and a Department of State (DOS) consular officer has determined that they are inadmissible to the United States.
Since March 4, 2013, certain immigrant visa applicants who are immediate relatives (spouses, children and parents) of US citizens can apply for provisional unlawful presence waivers before they leave the United States for their consular interview. On August 29, 2016, the provisional unlawful presence waiver process was expanded to all individuals statutorily eligible for an immigrant visa and a waiver of inadmissibility for unlawful presence in the United States.
Therefore, the US citizen or permanent resident petitioner should follow the following steps:
1) Sponsor parents or other eligible immediate family members by submitting a visa petition to USCIS on Form I-130, by indicating in Question 22 to Form I-130 that the immigrant will apply for an immigrant visa abroad at a US consulate abroad.
2) After the I-130 has been approved, USCIS will transfer the file to the National Visa Center (NVC) for further action and transfer to the consulate.
3) Immediately after the I-130 approval, Provisional Waiver Application (USCIS Form I-601A) should be submitted to the USCIS with the fee $630 for Form I-601A , and the biometrics (fingerprinting) fee $85 for applicants under the age of 79. See https://www.uscis.gov/i-601a regarding this form.
4) NVC should be notified via email at NVCi601a@state.gov about the pending Provisional Waiver Application to make sure that the NVC to schedule the immigrant visa interview after USCIS has made a decision on the provisional stateside waiver application. The Department of State (DOS) has estimated that it will schedule applicants for their immigrant visa interview within about two or three months of USCIS approving the stateside waiver request and the applicant filing all the necessary visa forms and documents. Applicants can remain in the US during this time period.
Consult with an immigration attorney.
It's been a month since we sent the DS-260 and the required documents to the NVC and nothing yet.. when will they contact us for the interview? Should we call them?
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You have to bring originals of all documentation submitted with the application including passports, official travel documents, and Form I-94 regardless if they are expired.See question
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Information provided insufficient to provide an answer to this question. Consult with an attorney.See question
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