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Family Based Immigration
Family-based immigration is comprised of various paths that allow U.S. citizens and Legal Permanent Residents to help relatives obtain lawful status in the United States. The process typically begins with a family-based petition using Form I-130 and can lead to Legal Permanent Residency through various methods, such as Adjustment of Status or Consular Processing. Each case is distinct, depending on whether the petitioner is a U.S. Citizen or Legal Permanent Resident, the beneficiary’s relationship to the petitioner, manner of entry into the U.S., and other specific details of your case. Our experienced attorneys can provide guidance tailored to your unique situation, helping to navigate the complexities of immigration law and securing immigration status for you or your loved one.
U.S. citizens can file family petitions for spouses, children, parents, and siblings. Legal Permanent Residents can file family petitions for spouses and unmarried sons or daughters. The processing time for the family petition varies depending on the petitioner’s status in the U.S and the relationship between the beneficiary and the petitioner. Some types of petitions may also have a wait time after it is approved before you can move on to the next step of the process.
After the family-based petition is approved, the next step is to apply for Legal Permanent Residency. This can be done either through Adjustment of Status or Consular Processing, depending on which option is available based on your case. Consult with one of our experienced immigration attorneys to find the right path for you!
After the marriage, the foreign-citizen spouse may then apply for Legal Permanent Residency through Adjustment of Status.
Adjustment of Status
Generally, to be eligible for Adjustment of Status, you must be physically present in the U.S. and have had a legal entry into the U.S. If your application is approved, you will receive either a 2-year “Conditional” Residency Card (green card) or a 10-year “Permanent” Residency Card (green card).
Provisional Waivers (I-601A)
If you have ever been unlawfully present in the U.S., you may also be required to file an I-601A provisional waiver as part of your Consular Processing. Remember, every case is different and may require a different process based on the particular circumstances of your case. Make sure you consult an experienced immigration attorney to find out what is necessary for your specific case.
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