Yes! You can file the paperwork and immigrate to the United States without an attorney. Well, at least if you have not been involved with the police in the past. The perfect candidate for do-it-yourself immigration is when you are bringing a direct family member to the United States, and you are a United States citizen or green card holder. Direct family members include: spouse, children, parents, siblings.
Perhaps you fall into the minority of people; like me, I believe that I can do anything given reasonable documentation. Of course, it may take me a bit longer, but then I spend less and have the satisfaction of having done it myself. I always thought that I was different, until I spend some time around my next-door neighbor. He takes the do-it-yourself mentality to a whole new level. Working on his house, he gets three quotes and decides that if the middle quote is more than he makes an hour as a nurse manager, then he simply does the work himself. If you look at what attorneys charge, you can spend quite a bit of time doing research and still come out ahead.
How do you get started? Of course, our web site found in the author bio is a good place to start. I would also recommend looking on Amazon for “How To Get A Green Card.” With these two sources, you should be off to the races.
You should start now, gathering the information that you will need to bring your family member to the United States. Start with:
1. Birth Records
2. Marriage Records
3. Divorce Records
4. Citizenship or Green Card Information for the sponsor
5. Proof of income for the sponsor
Once you gather this documentation, and appropriate translations into English, you are ready to sit down and begin work. Your work will be short and sweet, but the United States government will take a while. The government will want to investigate you thoroughly, to make sure that you are not a criminal, and that you have obeyed the laws of the country from which you are immigrating. Mostly, it’s a waiting game.
Depending on what country you are immigrating from, and the family relationship between your sponsor, this can take six months to six years. The quickest and easiest path is for those bringing their spouse for fiance to the United states. Bringing your children comes in a close second. Good Luck!