Each year thousands of U.S. citizens and/or Lawful Permanent Residents (Green Card holders) file immigrant visa applications (Green Card application) to sponsor their family members and bring them to the United States as Permanent Resident
While a U.S. citizen can file an immigrant visa petition for a spouse, son or daughter, parent and brother or sister, a Lawful Permanent Resident can file an immigrant visa petition only for a spouse and/or unmarried son or daughter. Note: Grandparents, aunts, uncles, in-laws, and cousins cannot sponsor a relative for immigration.
The Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) provides family members two primary paths to Permanent Resident Status: through Adjustment of Status or Consular Processing. Adjustment of status is the process by which family members who are already in the United States and can get Permanent Resident Status (a Green Card) without having to return to their home country to complete visa processing. Consular Processing is an alternate process for family members outside the United States (or who is in the United States but is ineligible to adjust status) to obtain a visa abroad and enter the United States as a Permanent Resident).
We help with all types of family based visa and/or green card applications in the following categories:
These visa types are based on a close family relationship with a United States (U.S.) citizen described as an Immediate Relative (IR). The number of immigrants in these categories is not limited each fiscal year. Immediate relative visa types include:
Family Preference Immigrant Visas (Limited): These visa types are for specific, more distant, family relationships with a U.S. citizen and some specified relationships with a Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR). There are fiscal year numerical limitations on family preference immigrants, shown at the end of each category. The family preference categories are:
The fiancé(e) K-1 nonimmigrant visa is for the foreign-citizen fiancé(e) of a United States (U.S.) citizen. The K-1 visa permits the foreign-citizen fiancé(e) to travel to the United States and marry his or her U.S. citizen sponsor within 90 days of arrival. The foreign-citizen will then apply for adjustment of status to a permanent resident (LPR) with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Because a fiancé(e) visa permits the holder to immigrate to the U.S. and marry a U.S. citizen shortly after arrival in the United States, the fiancé(e) must meet some of the requirements of an immigrant visa. Eligible children of K-1 visa applicants receive K-2 visas.
You may be able to become a permanent resident (get a green card) through a special family situation. These adjustment of status programs are limited to individuals who meet particular qualifications and/or apply during certain time frames.