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WHY HIRE SPAR & BERNSTEIN FOR FAMILY IMMIGRATION?
If you need to legalize your family’s immigration status, our experienced team at Spar & Bernstein will review your situation, determine eligibility solutions and prepare you extensively for the process, from interviews to paperwork and more.
WHAT IS FAMILY-BASED IMMIGRATION?
Family-based immigration allows you to become a US permanent resident through relationships with family members who reside in the US and are US permanent residents or US citizens.
To begin this process, an immigration petition for a family member, who is also known as a “Beneficiary,” can be filed with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) by a “Sponsor.” The Sponsor can be a:
- US citizen
- Legal permanent resident
US citizens can petition for their:
- Spouse’s child under the age of 21, provided the marriage occurred before the child’s 18 birthday
- Parent (If the son/daughter is over 21 years of age)
- Son or daughter over the age of 21
- Brother or sister
Permanent residents can petition for their:
- Unmarried children
- Spouse’s unmarried children under the age of 21
TYPES OF FAMILY-BASED IMMIGRANT VISAS
The two types of family-based immigrant visas in the US include:
- Immediate Relative Visa: Visas for close family members of a US citizen, such as a spouse, child under 21, or parent. There is no annual limit for this type of visa.
- Family Preference Visa: Visas for more distant relatives of a US citizen and specified relationships with a lawful permanent resident. There is a limit to the number of visas that are permitted in this category per fiscal year.
FAMILY PREFERENCE CATEGORIES
Family preference categories include family and relative relationships outside of the immediate relative category on the basis of which US citizens and lawful permanent residents may petition for family immigration.
- F1, First preference category: Unmarried sons and daughters (21+ years of age) of US citizens
- F2A, Second preference category: Spouses and children (unmarried and under 21 years of age) of lawful permanent residents
- F2B, Second preference category: Unmarried sons and daughters (21+ years of age) of lawful permanent residents
- F4, Third preference category: Married children of US citizens
- F4, Fourth preference category: Brothers and sisters of US citizens (if the US citizen is 21 years of age or older
Your preference category will affect the amount time you have to wait until an immigrant visa becomes available for you. For more information on this, contact our knowledgeable attorneys at Spar & Bernstein.