All family-based immigration fall into one of two major categories, immediate relative or family preference. Spouses, parents, and the unmarried children (under age 21) of U.S. citizens are classified as immediate relatives. All other qualified relationships are considered family preference categories.
The family-based immigration process generally begins with petitioning the U.S. government to allow a family member to immigrate. Once the petition is approved and a visa number is available, the family member may apply for a green card.
There are two basic paths to apply for the green card: consular processing or adjustment of status. Consular processing is a means for applying for an immigrant visa through the U.S. embassy or consular office in a foreign country. If the beneficiary is already inside the United States, he she may be able to adjust status to permanent resident providing they meet all other requirements.
We can assist your family in following immigration matters:
See 9 FAM 502.2 for a family-based immigrant visa overview.
Family-based visas can be complex, especially where they involve consular processing, criminal convictions, or prior violations of immigration status. Contact us if you have question or for a free consultation.