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One of the many benefits of being a citizen or permanent resident of the United States is the ability to sponsor certain family members for permanent resident status. A family visa gives individuals the right to live and work in the U.S.

At Lewter Law Firm, P.C., our Garden City visa attorneys are experienced in guiding clients through complex immigration procedures. We know how much it would mean to reunite with your loved ones and give them the opportunity to pursue the American dream. Our knowledgeable team is here to guide you step by step through the entire visa process.

Speak with a qualified family visa lawyer on Garden City today by dialing (516) 289-9980. We are also fluent in Spanish, Bengali, Urdu & Hindi.

Filing for a Family Visa

The first step of obtaining a family-based visa in the U.S. involves a sponsoring relative filing a Form I-130 on behalf of a qualifying relative. There are two main categories of family-based visas, including immediate relative visas and family preference visas.

Immediate relative immigrant visas are based on a close family relationship with a U.S. citizen, and they include:

  • IR-1: Spouses
  • IR-2: Children under the age of 21 that are unmarried
  • IR-3: Orphans adopted abroad
  • IR-4: Orphans to be adopted in the United States
  • IR-5: Parents of a child who is at least 21 years old

Family preference immigrant visas are for those who are more distantly related to a U.S. citizen and those who have a qualifying relationship with a lawful permanent resident (LPR).

Family preference categories include:

  • Family first preference (F1): A U.S citizen may sponsor a son or daughter who is not married
  • Family second preference (F2): An LPR may sponsor a spouse, minor child, or a son or daughter who is unmarried (over the age of 21)
  • Family third preference (F3): A U.S. citizen may sponsor a married son or daughter, also including their spouses and minor children
  • Family fourth preference (F4): A U.S. citizen (21 years old or older) may sponsor a brother or sister, also including their spouses and minor children

Unfortunately, at this time, the government does not permit U.S. citizens or LPRs to sponsor grandparents, in-laws, uncles, aunts, or cousins.

Take Your First Step toward Obtaining a Family Visa

If you are a U.S. citizen or an LPR and have a relative who has a qualifying relationship, Lewter Law can help you obtain a family-based visa. Prior to beginning the application process, be sure you start right by contacting our Garden City family visa lawyers for a consultation.

For compassionate and knowledgeable legal counsel, reach out to us today at (516) 289-9980.

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