Winter Park & Orlando Family-Based Immigration Lawyer
Relatives of U.S. citizens and permanent residents who do not fit into
the USCIS category of
immediate relatives can also obtain green cards through the
family-based immigration process. Unlike immediate relatives, relatives who fit into family preference
categories do not have special
immigration priority. This means that the amount of visas available are limited by
the USCIS and the length of time it takes to obtain a green card for immigrants
in family preference categories will be longer. Visa availability will
also differ for foreign nationals depending on their preference category.
The preference categories for relatives of both United States citizens
and permanent residents are as follows:
Unmarried children age 21 or older of U.S. citizens.
- 2A: Spouses of green card holders, unmarried children age 21 or younger
of permanent residents.
- 3A: Unmarried children age 21 or older or permanent residents.
Married children of any age of U.S. citizens.
Siblings of U.S. citizens age 21 or older.
As there is a set number of immigrant visas issued each year for relatives
in preference categories, visas may not always be available. Visas will
be distributed according to an applicant's preference category and
their priority date. Priority dates are used to determine an applicant's
place in line and will depend on:
- The demand for and supply of immigrant visa numbers
- The percentage of visa limitations per country
- The number of visas for a particular preference category
The application process for family preference categories will begin when
a U.S. citizen or permanent resident files Form I-130, Petition for Alien
Relative. Proof of a permanent resident's status will be required,
as well as evidence of the family member's relationship. This can
include documentation such as birth certificates, marriage certificates
and others. As with the immediate relative immigration process, family
member beneficiaries can complete the immigration process in or outside
of the United States. Relatives inside the U.S. can apply to adjust their
status when a visa becomes available. Applicants outside of the U.S. can
meet the necessary immigration procedures through
Skilled Immigration Lawyers Serving the Greater Orlando Area
Our legal team at
Robert Brown LLC works diligently to apply our extensive knowledge and experience in helping
families immigrate successfully to the United States. We strongly urge
U.S. citizens and permanent residents interested in sponsoring a relative
through a family preference category to bring their cases to the attention
of an attorney from our firm as soon as possible. As priority dates and
visa limitations can affect the amount of time your family member will
have to wait to immigrate to the U.S., swift action and correctly compiled
applications are essential to favorable and effective resolutions.
Our firm also offers
case evaluations for U.S. citizens and permanent residents throughout the state of Florida.
During evaluations our legal team can thoroughly analyze your situation
and inform you how your personal immigration process will work. In addition,
we can provide you with details about how our firm can assist you during
If you would like to discuss the nature of your Orlando family-based immigration case,
contact Robert Brown LLC today. Our office is located just outside of Orlando in Winter Park.