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What family members can apply for visas with skilled workers?

Receiving a promotion or a project offer can be an incredible employment opportunity. If you need to enter the United States to do your job, your entire life could change in a matter of months. Once you have a career opportunity that involves working in the United States, you will have to apply for a visa. You need this critical document to enter and work in the U.S.

Securing an employment visa will require the support of the company that you work for, a background check, a medical exam and a lot of paperwork. It may also require that you talk with your family members about relocating to a new country. Can your family members also secure visas to travel with you and live in the United States for the duration of your project or contract?

Certain qualifying family members can also apply for visas

There are never any guarantees when it comes to visas and immigration. Still, there are opportunities for workers on non-immigrant employment visas to include their family members.

Typically, only spouses and unmarried children under the age of 21 can file for a family visa when a worker files for an employment visa. Although other requirements vary between different types of employment visa, the family members permitted remains consistent.

Each family member hoping to travel must meet the same qualifications

Family members don’t just get to enter the country with someone on an employment visa. They have to go through the same background check and screening process as their loved ones. There will also be costs involved for their visa application. Your employer may cover only your costs or may also cover the fees and expenses of qualifying family members.

Everyone in your family hoping to travel to the United States and live with you will need to pass a background check that includes a review of criminal records and civil documents, such as birth certificates. They will have to undergo medical screening and may require certain immunizations.

Immigration becomes much more complicated when there are multiple people involved in the process. It is much easier to make small mistakes when filling out multiple sets of paperwork. One of the best ways to protect yourself and your family during this bureaucratic process is to get professional support.