U.S. immigration laws allow for a U.S. citizen or a lawful permanent resident to petition for an immigrant visa (also called a “green card”) for certain family members. The first step in obtaining an immigrant visa for a family member is to file an I-130 “Petition for Alien Relative.”The likelihood of the petition being granted depends on whether the petitioner is a U.S. citizen or a lawful permanent resident and what level of preference is afforded the beneficiary.
The order of priority for obtaining a family-based green card is as follows:
- Spouses of U.S. citizens, unmarried children under the age of 21 of U.S. citizens, and parents of adult U.S. citizens;
- Unmarried children over the age of 21 of U.S. citizens;
- Spouses of lawful permanent residents and unmarried children of lawful permanent residents;
- Married children of U.S. citizens;
- Siblings of adult U.S. citizens.
Fiancé / Fiancée Visas
If you are engaged to marry a United States citizen, or if you are a United States citizen seeking to bring for your fiancé/fiancée to the United States so that you can marry here, you may be interested in applying for a K-1 Visa. The K-1 Visa allows a person who is not a U.S. citizen or permanent resident entry to marry a citizen. The marriage must occur within ninety days of the foreign fiancé/fiancée’s arrival in the United States.
Other Immigration Law Matters
Our law firm handles a variety of immigration law matters that our clients may encounter. Some additional immigration issues we deal with include:
- Adjustment of Status
- Divorce and Child Custody Matters with Immigration Consequences
- Exchange of Status for Non-Immigrant Visas
- Family Hardship Waivers
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