Securing a work visa is an exciting moment in someone’s life. They can continue developing their career and can legally enter the United States to do so. In many cases, a work visa could be the first step on the path toward citizenship.
Their good fortune can also benefit the closest members of their immediate family. Those who qualify for an employment visa can help their loved ones also secure visas to travel with them to the United States.
Those who will move far from their families would often prefer to travel with as many loved ones as possible. Who can travel with a worker who has an employment-related visa?
Spouses and minor children have rights
The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will allow the primary Visa holder to coordinate subordinate visas with their direct family members. Spouses of those with employment visas can typically apply for a visa to travel together.
The children in the household can also potentially qualify for their own visas. However, the USCIS restricts such opportunities to unmarried children under the age of 21. Older children and married children will not be eligible to travel with someone who has an employment visa.
Those applying for family visas related to employment visas are subject to the same scrutiny as any other immigrant. They will need to undergo a thorough background check and provide medical records, in addition to submitting all required paperwork and fees. Families will need to coordinate their visa paperwork to avoid issues that could split up the family unit.
Learning more about different immigration programs will benefit those hoping to travel to the United States for work.