Family-Based Immigration
Family-Based Immigration

Family-Based Immigration

Our immigration law firm has the expertise and necessary know-how to develop your customized family-based immigration solution, tailored to your specific needs. We have years of experience in all areas of family-based immigration, including family-sponsored green cards and fiance visas. We use our years of experience to guide you through the entire process of applying for and obtaining a family-based green card for you, your spouse, parent, or other family member. We represent you through all phases of your family-based immigration journey, from preparing your initial application for submission, including all forms and supporting documents, to advising you during every step of the process, including your immigration interview and any requests for additional evidence issued by the government. Our family visa USA services include:



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Family-Based Green Card

Our immigration law firm has experience with all family-based green card applications. We have helped countless US citizens and permanent residents sponsor their spouse, children, parents, and siblings for a family-sponsored green card. We have successfully represented families through both the adjustment of status as well as the consular process for a family visa. We have the necessary knowledge and understanding of the family-based green card process to help you sponsor your foreign national relatives. Specifically, our family-based green card services include:

Immediate Relative Green Cards

The immediate relative family-based green card category is reserved for U.S. citizens who wish to bring their immediate family members to the United States. The immediate relative category is the fastest family-sponsored green card path to permanent residence in the United States because there is no cap on the number of immediate relative green cards issued annually by the government. Apart from the standard USCIS processing times that every petition has to go through, there is no additional waiting period for the immediate relative family-based immigration category. However, the immediate relative family-based green card category is reserved only for the following relatives of U.S. citizens:

  • Green Card for Spouse

    Spouses of US citizens are considered immediate relatives. This means there is no cap on the amount of green cards the government may issue in any given year to husbands or wives US citizens. Our family-based immigration attorneys have extensive experience with the marriage-based green card process , from preparing all necessary documents for filing to representing couples at their green card interview . We have successfully represented couples in many nonstandard cases, for example where the couple has lived apart for many years or lacks proof that they entered their marriage in good faith . A niche practice of our law firm is working with same-sex couples . Our attorneys are proud of our long track record helping successfully guide same-sex couples through the marriage-based green card process .

  • Green Card for Unmarried Children Under 21

    The immediate relative family-based immigration category allows U.S. citizens to petition for their unmarried children under the age of 21. As an immediate relative, children of US citizens under the age of 21 are not subject to extensive waiting times due to visa category backlogs. Our family visa USA attorneys have helped unite many parents with their children through the green card process. We have significant experience with complex cases, having helped many adoptive parents and step parents sponsor their children for a family-sponsored green card.

  • Green card for Parents of US Citizens

    U.S citizens may sponsor their parents for a family-based green card via the immediate relative category. Our family-based immigration lawyers can help you sponsor your mother or father for a family-sponsored green card. Our team has helped obtain a green card for parents of US citizens, including adoptive parents and step parents. We have successfully guided numerous families through the entire family-sponsored immigration process, including successfully preparing parents for their immigration interview which oftentimes is a major cause of anxiety for the applicants.

The F1 first preference category is reserved for unmarried sons and daughters of U.S. citizens who are over the age of 21. The F1 category has an annual cap of 23,400 green cards per year. This means that the government may only issue this number of F1 green cards in any year. Due to the number of F1 green card applications exceeding the available quota, there are significant wait times and backlogs in this family-based green card category. Our family-based immigration attorneys have helped many parents sponsor their adult children for an F1 green card. Given the backlogs and wait times in the F1 green card category, our attorneys devise custom tailored strategies to guide your family through the F1 green card process. We have the necessary know-how and experience to help you with every phase of your F1 family-based green card journey.
The F2A second preference family-based green card category is reserved for spouses and unmarried children under the age of 21 of lawful permanent residents. It is a subcategory of the F2 second preference category for which the U.S. government grants 114,200 family visas annually. Due to the numerical cap on the number of green cards issued in the F2A category, there may be backlogs and longer wait times for these cases. Our family visa USA lawyers have helped numerous permanent residents sponsor their spouses and children for a green card. With cases in the F2A category it is particularly important to have a well-crafted immigration strategy because oftentimes the permanent resident sponsor may qualify for naturalization, which could move the case from the F2A to the immediate relative category. Our immigration law firm can help you develop the best strategy for you and your family and to guide you through the F2A family-sponsored green card process.
The F2B second preference category is reserved for unmarried sons and daughters of lawful permanent residents who are over the age of 21. The F2B family-based green card category receives only 23% of the annual 114,200 green cards issued in the F2 second preference category. This creates significant wait times and backlogs in the F2B category. Our family-based immigration lawyers have helped many permanent resident parents navigate the complexities of the F2B family-sponsored green card process. Our attorneys can devise a comprehensive immigration solution for you and your family to help navigate you through your F2B green card application.
The F3 third preference category is reserved for married sons and daughters of U.S. citizens who are over the age of 21. The F3 family-based immigration category has an annual cap of 23,400 green cards. Because of the many applications received in this family visa category, there are significant backlogs and long wait times for F3 green cards. Our family-based immigration attorneys have experience representing families through the F3 green card process and have the requisite expertise to help devise your custom tailored F3 family-sponsored green card strategy.
The F4 fourth preference family-based green card category is reserved for brothers and sisters of US citizens. Our family visa USA attorneys have helped US citizens petition green cards for their siblings, half-siblings, step siblings, and adopted siblings. We have successfully represented families through complex F4 family-based immigration cases in which the government doubted the sibling relationship and created significant obstacles before approving the cases. We have the experience and knowledge of the relevant family-based immigration rules to devise the best immigration strategy for you and your siblings.

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Fiance Visa USA

K-1 Fiance Visa

Our family-based immigration team has extensive experience with the fiance visa process . US citizens may sponsor their fiance for a K-1 fiance visa which allows the fiance to enter the United States and marry the US citizen sponsor. Once the couple is married in the United States, they apply for a green card. Although the K-1 fiance visa itself is not a green card, it is often the right first step in a couple’s family-based immigration journey to the United States. Our family-based immigration attorneys can help advise you on whether the K-1 fiance visa is the best choice for you and your foreign national fiance.

Our family visa lawyers have helped many couples navigate the K-1 fiance visa process . Strategic immigration planning is critical for the K-1 fiance visa because of the numerous steps and strict requirements in the application process. After obtaining a K-1 fiance visa at a US embassy or consulate, you must marry within 90 days of your fiance’s entry into the United States. Thereafter, you must file an adjustment of status application with USCIS to obtain a green card. It is important to have a well-planned strategy in place and to anticipate common obstacles in the process before embarking on the K-1 fiance visa journey. Our family visa USA lawyers have helped numerous couples navigate the K-1 fiance visa process, from filing all necessary documents to preparing clients for the K-1 visa interview . We can help devise a K-1 visa strategy tailored to you and your fiance’s needs and help guide you through each step of the process until your fiance receives a family-based green card.

K-2 Visa for Children of K-1 Fiance

K-2 visas are issued to unmarried children under the age of 21 of K-1 visa applicants. The K-2 family visa process allows your fiance’s children to also enter the United States and obtain a green card once you and your fiance are married. The K-2 family visa process protects family unity by not separating minor children from their parents. It is critical for the K-2 visa applicant child to be under the age of 21 and to remain unmarried throughout the immigration process. Our family-based immigration lawyers have helped numerous children of K-1 visa applicants through the K-2 visa process. Devising a sound immigration plan prior to embarking on the K-2 visa journey is critical. Our family visa USA team has the necessary know-how and experience to help guide you through this process to ensure that you and your children can immigrate to the United States together.


Family-Based Immigration - Removal of Conditions

Removal of Conditions

If you have been married to your US citizen spouse for less than 2 years when your marriage-based green card is approved, you will receive a conditional green card valid for 2 years. Within 90 days from the end of the 2-year conditional green card period, you must file a petition to remove conditions with USCIS to receive an unconditional 10-year family-based green card. In your petition to remove conditions, you must prove to USCIS that you entered into and continue to be in a good faith marriage with your US citizen spouse. USCIS requires this additional step for recently married couples to prevent fraudulent marriages entered into to obtain a green card. Our family visa attorneys have extensive experience with the removal of conditions process. We can help you prepare the petition and all relevant supporting evidence in a way that facilitates USCIS’s decision. In many cases, if the removal of conditions petition is well prepared, USCIS may waive the interview for the couple. If your case does require an interview, our family-based immigration attorneys can prepare you for the interview process and represent you at your removal of conditions interview.

Jointly Filed Removal of Conditions Petition

If you are still married to your US citizen spouse at the end of your 2-year conditional green card period, you must jointly file your petition to remove conditions with your US citizen spouse. This means that both you and your US citizen spouse through whom you obtained your family-based green card must sign the petition. If USCIS requests that you attend an interview, both you and your US citizen spouse will be required to be in attendance. Our family-based immigration attorneys have helped countless couples through the jointly filed removal of condition process. We have successfully represented many couples in complex removal of conditions cases, such as those where the couple are still married but separated and no longer living together, or those where the couple forgot to timely file the petition and must file outside of the mandatory 90-day filing window. Our family visa lawyers can review the particular circumstances of your case and devise a successful strategy for you to obtain an unconditional 10-year green card even if your case has unusual circumstances.

Waiver of Joint Filing Requirement

If you are no longer married to your US citizen spouse through whom you obtained your 2-year conditional green card, you may request a waiver of the joint filing requirement. In such cases, you may file your petition to remove conditions on your own. You may do so before, during, or after the 90-day filing period. In order to qualify for the waiver, you will have to demonstrate that you meet one or more of the following requirements:

  1. You entered into a good faith marriage with your US citizen spouse. However, the marriage has ended due to divorce or the passing of your US citizen spouse.
  2. You entered into a good faith marriage with your US citizen spouse. However, you or your child were subject to abuse.
  3. Termination of your conditional permanent residence status would cause you extreme hardship.

Our family-based immigration lawyers have the requisite experience and know-how to help you apply for a waiver of the joint filing requirement. We have successfully represented individuals through the waiver of joint filing process and have created immigration strategies that have allowed our clients to retain their family-based green card although they have separated from their US citizen spouse. Our family visa USA team will review the circumstances of your case and devise the best strategy for you to obtain a 10-year unconditional green card.


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