Family-Based Immigration in Florida
Winter Park & Orlando Immigration Lawyers
immigration is one of the most common methods of obtaining permanent resident status.
As an immigrant visa classification, this pathway to immigration allows
foreign nationals to lawfully obtain a green card through a relative who
is a citizen or permanent resident of the United States. At
Robert Brown LLC, our experienced legal team has helped a variety of clients learn about
the ways in which they can sponsor a relative in order for them to immigrate
to the United States. This includes parents, spouses, children, siblings
Types of Family-Based Immigration
Under U.S. immigration law, there are two groups of family-based immigrant
visa categories. In addition, there are also specific visa categories
for fiancés. With any form of family-based immigration, the U.S.
citizen or permanent resident sponsor and the foreign national beneficiary
must complete a lengthy process that will allow the beneficiary to live
and work permanently in the country. The sponsor must and beneficiary
must also supply a great deal of information and documentation during
the process. If you are interested in helping a relative obtain a green
card, our proven legal team can assist you with any of the following procedures.
If a relationship does not qualify as an immediate relative, then both
U.S. citizens and permanent residents can file petitions in a family-preference
category. Eligible family-sponsored preference relatives of U.S. citizens
and permanent residents are classified into four separate preference categories,
including children over the age of 21, married children and siblings.
Fiancé / Fiancée
Fiancés and fiancées fall into a separate family-based immigration
category. Known as special family situations, eligible immigrants must
meet certain qualifications and apply during certain time frames. Depending
on the circumstances, fiancés can be awarded a K non-immigrant visa.
How Family-Based Immigration Works
Family-based immigration must involve either a U.S. citizen or a permanent
resident, also referred to as a green card holder. Citizens and permanent
residents have the right to sponsor a foreign citizen family member to
lawfully immigrate to the United States. Although immigration law magnanimously
allows for family members to be united in America, it does not make it
an easy process. Depending on the type of relation, this process can range
in duration and difficulty, which is why legal assistance from the experienced,
knowledgeable and compassionate legal team at Robert Brown LLC is essential
to s successful outcome. The following breakdown of family-based immigration
can help you better understand your situation.
Relatives of U.S. Citizens
United States citizens can file petitions with the USCIS for a family member
to obtain permanent residence. Depending on the relation to a foreign
national, the process can differ immensely.
Family Members of Permanent Residents
Foreign national relatives of green card holders also have the opportunity
to file petitions for certain family members to immigrate to the United
States as permanent residents. Unlike immediate relatives of U.S. citizens,
family members of permanent residents have a lower priority and therefore
must wait until a visa becomes available for their category and situation.
The process for permanent resident sponsorship requires a great deal of
documentation and evidence of a certified immigration status. Eligible
green card holder family members include spouses, unmarried children under
21, and unmarried children over 21.
Family members who do not qualify as immediate relatives of U.S. citizens
will be placed into preference categories based on their type of familial
relationship. This applies to non-immediate relatives of U.S. citizens
and any relative of permanent residents. Each category has specific limitations
on the amount of visas available. Certain countries will also have limitations
for the amount of visas that can be granted each year. The preference
First Preference: Unmarried, over 21 children of U.S. citizens
Second Preference (2A): Spouses and unmarried, under 21 children of permanent residents
Second Preference (2B): Unmarried adult children of permanent residents
Third Preference: Married children of U.S. citizens
Fourth Preference: Siblings of adult U.S. citizens
If a relative is in the United States legally, they can complete the family-based
immigration process in the U.S. by filing for an adjustment of status.
For family members abroad, they can complete the process through consular
processing in their home country.
Immigration Lawyers with Experience on Your Side
Family-based immigration is one of the primary practice areas at Robert
Brown LLC. Having helped numerous families obtain permanent residence
through relatives in the United States, you can be confident that your
family-based immigration application will be meticulously prepared and
successfully completed. As cases always vary on a unique basis, our legal
team makes it a point to devote personal attention to each case in order
to meet the unique immigration needs of our clients. If you need an effective
resolution in a timely manner, you need to work with the dedicated and
client-focused attorneys at Robert Brown LLC.
Contact our Winter Park family-based immigration firm today to learn more about