Our firm’s main goal is to provide expert and aggressive legal representation with Integrity in action in the following matters:
Family Based Petitions
Family-Based Immigration: Visas for Immediate Relatives
If you are a foreign national who wishes to live and work permanently in America, you may become a lawful Permanent Resident through a family-based immigration petition. If you are an immediate relative of a United States Citizen, your relative may file an immigration petition (Form I-130 Petition for Alien Relative) on your behalf with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Your relative (the petitioner) must be a U.S Citizen, age 21 or older, before he can file a petition on your behalf (the beneficiary).
An immediate relative is classified as a:
- Unmarried child under the age of 21
As an immediate relative, a visa number will be immediately provided to you by the U.S. Department of State’s National Visa Center. The beneficiary receives notice from the National Visa Center once his or her visa number is assigned, then s/he will be notified to appear at a U.S. embassy or consulate in his or her native country to complete a visa processing.
Immigrant Visas and Priority Dates for Preference Category Relatives
Although visas for immediate relatives are unlimited, all non-immediate relatives fall under USCIS Preference Categories. The amount of immigrant visa numbers available to non-immediate relatives is subject to U.S. immigration quotas depending on the country of birth. Extended family members may have to wait many years to obtain an immigrant visa. During the immigration visa process, the date your family immigration petition was filed is called the priority date. Your relative becomes eligible for a visa if his or her priority date falls on or before the date listed in the visa bulletin, which is published monthly by the U.S. Department of State. Note that these dates change continuously.
- Unmarried, adult sons and daughters of U.S. citizens (adult means 21 or older.)
- (2A) Spouses of green card holders, unmarried children (under 21) of permanent residents
- (2B) Unmarried adult sons and daughters of permanent residents
- Married sons and daughters (any age) of U.S. citizens
- Brothers and sisters of adult U.S. citizens
Visa approval can take time. At Cima Law Group, our team of experts works closely with U.S. embassies and consulates around the world to streamline the process. Call us today at (623) 377-4191 to make an appointment to talk to an attorney about petitioning for a loved one to join you in the United States.