The Ties That Bind: Can Family Unity Co-Exist With LPR Status?

"The main lesson learned from Lateef v. Holder is that waiting outside the US with your loved ones, until they can immigrate to the US, can result in abandonment of your green card.  Due to the tremendous backlogs in the family-based immigration system, it can take years before an LPR can sponsor a spouse or child to the US, thus compelling the LPR to be absent from the US until such time that the family members are issued immigrant visas.  The case highlights the tensions between a global world involving frequent travel, and where families live apart in different countries, and an insular immigration system." - Gary Endelman & Cyrus D. Mehta, July 9, 2012.