Green Cardby Debbie McGoldrick
- Extending your stay with a 90 day holiday waiver - is it possible?
- Renewing my Irish child’s US passport without getting her American Dad involved
- Having divorced my American wife can I get my new Irish girlfriend a visa?
- I-94 arrival and departure cards in United States will soon be obsolete
- Can I reclaim an old Green Card and move back to the US?
"My parents lived illegally in America for roughly two years in the late 1980s before returning to Ireland. I was born in Boston in 1989, and I have an American passport which I am extremely grateful for. I also have a younger sibling born in Ireland, so basically I am the only one of my family who would be considered as legal over there. My parents would both like to return to the U.S. – they are 49 years old – and so would my sibling. I’m pretty sure that my American citizenship would be of use to them as far as legalization, but we’re not sure how to proceed. What do you think we should do?”
You are indeed fortunate to have been born here, and yes, your citizenship will be of benefit to your family, but it will take some time and effort to secure legalization, especially in the case of your sibling.
Because you are a U.S. citizen over 21 years old you will be able to sponsor your parents for a green card as an immediate relative, which means that the processing time will be significantly shorter, a matter of months as opposed to years provided that all requirements are met.
and download publication 519, “U.S. Tax Guide for Aliens.”