Family-based immigration provides guidelines for certain U.S. citizens and legal permanent resident to sponsor their foreign-born family members.
There are two ways family-based immigrants can be admitted to the United States:
1. Through the family preference system
2. As an immediate relative of a U.S. citizen
To the second point, immediate relative visas are not subject to numerical limitation.
First Preference: Unmarried sons and daughters of U.S. citizens, and their minor children, if any
Second Preference: Spouses, minor children, and unmarried sons and daughters (age 21 and over) of legal permanent residents
Third Preference: Married sons and daughters of U.S. citizens, and their spouses and minor children
Fourth Preference: Brothers and sisters of U.S. citizens, and their spouses and minor children, provided the U.S. citizens are at least 21 years of age.
Immediate relatives are defined as the following:
Spouses of U.S. citizens
Parents of a U.S. citizen who is at least 21 years of age
Unmarried children (under 21 years of age) of U.S. citizens
Orphans adopted by U.S. citizens Conversely, the following visas granted through the family preference system are subject to numerical limitations.
The best way to determine your eligibility is to contact Belmonte Law Firm. We can schedule a free consultation with an immigration attorney to discuss your situation and figure out your next steps.
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Paola Patricia Tinoco
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