Family-Based Green Card Lawyers in Hollywood
Immigration Law Assistance for Spouses, Children, and Parents
The family unit is fundamental for any society. United States laws have provided mechanisms that allow United States citizens and legal permanent residents to either petition for their loved ones inside of the United States or bring in their family members living abroad. United States citizens can petition for their spouses, parents, fiancés, and siblings. Residents of the United States can file applications on behalf on their spouses and children as long as they are not married.
Family Immigration Categories
Immigration laws have categorized the blood relationships. The kinship between the Petitioner and the beneficiary will determine the category that will be assigned to the beneficiary when the family petition is approved. Spouses, unmarried children under the age of 21, and parents of citizens who are over 21 years of age are immediate relatives for immigration purposes. That means the United States petitioner could file the family petition and the relative could file the green card application jointly while living in the United States.
The immigration authorities created preferences that allow citizens and residents of the United States to bring their relatives who are not immediate relatives. Unmarried sons and daughters of U.S. citizens constitute the first preference (F1), spouses and children of permanent residents are category F2A, unmarried sons and daughters over 21 years of age of permanent residents constitute category F2B, married sons and daughters of U.S. citizens constitute category F3, and lastly, brothers and sisters of adult U.S. citizens constitute category F4.
The Family Immigration Process
After the family petition is filed by either the United States citizen, or the legal permanent resident relative is approved, their family members can start the process to get their green card. That process is done by the National Visa Center. The process includes the filing of certain applications, fee payments, and gathering and submission of documents. When the process with the National Visa Center is completed, they direct the file to the United States embassy at the beneficiary’s home country.
The processes either inside of the United States or outside (at the beneficiary’s home country) could take a long time, and each step is crucial. There are issues, such as financial means, aging out for cases involving children, and legitimacy of relationship and marriage in cases involving fiancés and spouses, that must be addressed throughout the process. It is important that families are properly guided during the case.
Assistance with All Aspects of Family-Based Immigration
At Magilligan Law, we will assist you in presenting the applications and handling the processes with the immigration agencies, so your family members can live legally in this country.
We can help you with these processes:
- I-130 petition for alien relative
- DS-260 immigrant visa application
- Consular processing
- Fiancé K visas