Green card – is the goal for many people entering or planning to enter the United States. Among the benefits that it brings are the ability to live permanently and work in the United States. The most widely used methods to obtain lawful permanent resident status are through employment and family members.
EB-1 Priority Workers
EB-2 Advanced Degree Professionals or Individuals with Exceptional Ability
EB-3 Skilled or Professional Workers
EB-4 Special Immigrants
EB-5 Investor Visas
We assist our clients in all areas of family based immigration. We carefully analyze each case to explore all available options and determine the best solution, file all necessary documents, extensively prepare clients for USCIS interviews and attend interviews with clients. Each case is handled with care, precision and professionalism.
Sponsoring U.S. relative must meet the following criteria:
U.S. Citizens and U.S. Lawful Permanent Residents are treated differently for purposes of which relatives they may sponsor as immigrants:
U.S. Citizens may petition for the following foreign national relatives to immigrate to the U.S:
Lawful Permanent Resident may petition for the following foreign national relatives to immigrate to the U.S.:
Overview of the Family Based Preference Categories
Relatives of U.S. Citizens and U.S. permanent residents are classified into categories based on a preference system. Relatives of U.S. citizens and U.S. permanent residents are treated differently for immigration purposes. Family-based immigration consists of an immediate relative category and four preference categories.
Immediate relatives of U.S. citizens: Parents, Spouses and Unmarried Children under the age of 21.
There is an unlimited number of immediate relative visas that may be issued under this category in any year; therefore immediate relatives of U.S. Citizens do not have to wait for an immigrant visa number to become available.
The Family-Based Preference Categories
Family immigrants, other than immediate relatives of U.S. citizens, are classified into family-based preference categories and must wait for an immigrant visa number to become available according to the following preferences:
First preference: Unmarried Sons and Daughters, twenty-one (21) years of age or older, of U.S. Citizens.
2A: Spouses and Minor Children (under the age of twenty-one) of Lawful Permanent Residents
2B: Unmarried Sons and Daughters (21 years of age or older) of Lawful Permanent Residents
Third Preference: Married Sons and Daughters of U.S. Citizens.
Fourth Preference: Brothers and Sisters of Adult U.S. Citizens.
Family immigrants under these categories must wait for an immigrant visa number to become available. After the immigrant petition is approved by the USCIS, the petition is forwarded to the Department of State's National Visa Center for processing, where it remains until an immigrant visa number becomes available. The visas are issued in the order of their priority date - the date when the petition was filed. You can check priority dates for each preference category in the Department of State's Visa Bulletin. When an immigrant visa number becomes available a family immigrant may apply for a visa in a U.S. consulate (if such immigrant is abroad) or apply to Adjust the Status to a Lawful Permanent Resident (if such immigrant is in the United States).
Please note that a change in your or your sponsor’s personal situation, such as reaching the age of twenty one, marriage, divorce, death of a spouse may affect your eligibility for an immigrant visa. Contact us for a professional consultation on how such changes might impact your individual situation .