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IR-2 Child Visa

IR-2 Child Visa

An IR-2 Child Visa is a type of visa for children under the age of 21 who are the unmarried children of a U.S. citizen. The IR-2 visa allows the child to enter the United States as a lawful permanent resident.

To apply for an IR-2 Child Visa, the U.S. citizen parent must file a petition on behalf of the child with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). The petition must include documentation to establish the relationship between the U.S. citizen parent and the child, such as a birth certificate, adoption decree, or other legal documents.

Once the petition is approved, the child can apply for an IR-2 visa at a U.S. embassy or consulate in their home country. The child must attend an interview with a consular officer, provide documentation to establish their eligibility for the visa, and pass a medical exam and security clearance.

If the IR-2 visa is approved, the child can enter the United States as a lawful permanent resident. Once the child enters the United States, they will receive a green card and can live and work in the United States permanently. The child can also later apply for U.S. citizenship if they meet the eligibility requirements.

It is important to note that the eligibility requirements and application process for an IR-2 Child Visa can be complex and require careful attention to detail.  The LAWCADDY process makes completing the application and providing the documentation to support it simple and straightforward so you can bring your child to the US as quickly as possible.

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What is the process for bringing a child to the US on an IR-2 Child Visa?

First, the U.S. citizen parent must file a petition on behalf of the child with USCIS. Then child can then apply for an IR-2 visa at a U.S. embassy or consulate in their home country.
What documents do I need to provide for the IR-2 Child Visa application? You will need to provide various documents to support your IR-2 Child Visa application, including:
  • Your birth certificate
  • Your passport, and
  • Evidence of the relationship between you and your U.S. citizen parent.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can my child attend school in the United States with an IR-2 Child Visa?

Yes, children with IR-2 visas are eligible to attend school in the United States.

Can my child become a U.S. citizen with an IR-2 Child Visa?

Yes, children with IR-2 visas are eligible to apply for U.S. citizenship if they meet the eligibility requirements, including residency and physical presence requirements.

My child is over 21, can I still sponsor them on an IR-2 Visa?

<strong<No. The IR-2 Visa is ONLY for unmarried children of US Citizens who are under 21 years old. The F31 visa, also known as the Family First Preference visa, is a visa category for unmarried children of U.S. citizens who are over the age of 21. This visa category also includes the spouse and unmarried children of lawful permanent residents. The F31 visa allows the beneficiary to enter the United States as a lawful permanent resident. The main difference between the IR-2 Child Visa and the F31 visa is the age and marital status of the beneficiary. The IR-2 Child Visa is for children under the age of 21, while the F31 visa is for unmarried children over the age of 21. Additionally, the IR-2 visa is specifically for the children of U.S. citizens, while the F31 visa is also available to the spouses and unmarried children of lawful permanent residents.

My child is married, can I still sponsor them on an IR-2 Visa?

<strong<No. The IR-2 Visa is ONLY for unmarried children of US Citizens who are under 21 years old. As a U.S. citizen, you may be able to sponsor your married child to enter the United States as a lawful permanent resident. File a Petition for Alien Relative with USCIS to establish your relationship with your married child and to begin the sponsorship process.

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