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I do have good news but some bad news. The bad news is that you cannot help your dad because he entered the U.S. illegally. The good news is that as soon as you turn 21, you can file the following forms for your mother to get U.S. Lawful Permanent Residency without her having to leave the U.S.: I-130 (Petition for family member), I-485 (application for Lawful Permanent Residency), I-765 (Application for work permit), I-131 (Application for Advance Parole), G-325a (Biographic data - one for each of you), I-693 (Medical exam that a certified doctor must fill out), and I-864 (Affidavit of support). You will need to file each form with supporting evidence and appropriate filing fees. You can find these forms at www.uscis.gov/forms.
In about 3 to 5 months after filing, the work permit and Advance Parole (travel permit) should be issued. About 5 to 7 months after filing the interview should be scheduled (though now it is taking longer, so maybe closer to 7 to 9 months). If all goes well, a few weeks later the U.S. Lawful Permanent Residency card (green card) should come in the mail.
After your mother gets Residency status, she can file an I-130 for your father. Once that is approved, she can then file an I-601A waiver to "forgive" that he entered illegally. If she gets the pre-approval, then he will leave the U.S. to interview at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate outside and if he gets the final approval, then he can come back to get Residency status as well. Here is a link:
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