Family-Based Immigration Lawyers: Uniting You And Your Loved Ones
Embarking on the journey to bring your family together with protected immigration status can be a beacon of hope in achieving the American Dream. Yet, the path through the immigration system is often tangled with complexities and frustrations. Having a knowledgeable lawyer to guide you is not just a benefit; it’s a vital part of navigating this intricate process successfully.
At Consumer Law Group, we can help make your immigration dreams come true and establish your family’s future in America. Our highly rated-immigration attorneys are passionate about bringing families together, and we serve clients nationwide. We draw on more than 300 years of collective experience to make the process as quick and seamless as possible.
What Is Family-Based Immigration?
Family-based immigration is a pathway for U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents to sponsor certain relatives to get visas and green cards. It’s a process that can forge lasting family reunions and create new beginnings. However, it’s also a challenging process that comes with numerous potential roadblocks. Working with a skilled immigration lawyer can help pave the way for a seamless and successful experience.
What Are The Requirements For Bringing A Family Member To The U.S.?
- Prove their legal immigration status, whether as a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident.
- Provide proof of their family relationship. Qualifying relatives include spouses, children, parents and siblings.
- Meet certain age requirements.
- Demonstrate their financial stability and commit to supporting their family member.
These are just the basic requirements; others may apply depending on your circumstances.
What Are The Two Types Of Family-Based Immigration?
There are two primary categories for family-based immigration:
- Immediate relative visas for close family members of U.S. citizens
- Family preference visas for certain relatives of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents
Immediate relatives are entitled to a faster process that generally doesn’t involve a lengthy wait for a visa. Our lawyers can help you determine which category you fall into and what that means for the immigration process.
Understanding The Four Family Preference Categories
Immigration law establishes a priority system for granting family-based immigration visas. These categories apply to those who aren’t considered immediate relatives of their sponsoring family member. They are broken out as:
- First Preference – Unmarried adult children whose parents are U.S. citizens
- Second Preference – Minor children and spouses of lawful permanent residents
- Third Preference – Married adult children of U.S. citizens as well as with their spouses and minor children
- Fourth Preference – Siblings of adult U.S. citizens as well as their spouses and minor children
Higher-priority categories generally have shorter wait times for visas because they’re allotted a higher annual quota.
What Is Form I-130?
Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative, is a detailed document that serves as the foundation of the family-based immigration process. It’s essentially the application that the sponsoring family member submits to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), the federal agency that handles immigration processing.
This form is lengthy, complicated and highly detailed. Mistakes can result in delays or even denials. Because of these intricacies, it’s wise to enlist the support of a lawyer.
Take The First Step Towards Family Reunification
At Consumer Law Group, we don’t just process paperwork; we care deeply about your family and your immigration dreams. Let us make the experience less stressful and more hopeful.
Our bilingual team offers services in both Spanish and English. We harness the latest technology to provide greater convenience, including virtual consultations.