Family Inmigration

To begin the process of obtaining a visa based on family immigration, the following information should be taken into account:

 

1.1.     Immediate relative of a US citizen.

 

Eligible family members of the American citizen:

 

  • Husband
  • Unmarried children under 21
  • Parents (if the US citizen is over 21)

 

Direct relatives will have special priority in the immigration processes and do not have to wait in the list for a visa number to be available for them to emigrate, because there is an unlimited number of visas for their categories. If your loved ones are inside or outside the United States, the procedure for obtaining legal status is different.

If you are interested in knowing what is the best option, and how to do it, simply call us or leave your information and we will get in touch with you

 

1.2. Preferred family members of a US citizen

 

“Family preference category” If the family member of the US citizen is not an immediate relative, then the US citizen can still apply to sponsor this family member.This category includes:

  • Unmarried sons or daughters older than 21
  • Married children of any age
  • The brothers and sisters (if the petitioner is a US citizen over 21 years old) Congress has limited the number of family members who can immigrate each year under these categories, so there is a waiting period before a Immigrant visa number is available. If your family members are inside or outside the United States, the procedure for obtaining legal residency is different.

If you are interested in knowing what is the best option, and how to do it, simply call us or leave your information and we will get in touch with you.

 

1.3. Family member of a permanent resident.

 

A permanent resident can petition his / her spouse, unmarried child (ren) of any age to immigrate to the United States. Congress has limited the number of family members who can immigrate under these categories each year, there is usually a waiting period before an immigrant visa number becomes available. If your family bond qualifies you as an eligible relative of a permanent resident of the US, then you are in what is called a “family preference category.” If your family members within this category are inside or outside of the United States, the procedure for obtaining legal status is different.

 

If you are interested in knowing what is the best option, and how to do it, simply call us or leave your information and we will get in touch with you.

 

Aspects to consider:

 

  • Turn 21 years old. If you are a single child of a permanent resident, and you turn 21 years of age this can delay the process to become a permanent resident or obtain an immigrant visa. You would no longer qualify as a “unmarried minor child of a lawful permanent resident” (F2A) and would be in the category of a “unmarried son or daughter of a lawful permanent resident (F2B).” This category change may result in a Significant delay for your immigrant visa available.If you are interested in knowing more about that, simply call or leave your information and we will get in touch with you.

 

  • The Law of Protection of the Status of Minors (CSPA). In certain cases, the CSPA may allow you to keep the “minor child” classification, even if you have reached 21 years of age. To determine if the Child Status Protection Act (CSPA) applies to you, call or leave your information and we will contact you.

 

  • To get married. If you are the son or daughter of a permanent resident and you are single and marry before you become a permanent resident, you would no longer qualify for permanent residency through your family member. There is no visa category for a married child of a permanent resident.

 

  • Family Permanent Resident who becomes a US citizen You may have the possibility of having a visa available sooner than expected, if the permanent resident who submitted the application becomes a US citizen. This is because you would now be applying to get a green card as a family member of a US citizen.
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