Family unity is very important for the United States, thus, U.S. Citizens are allowed to petition for some qualified relatives to come and live permanently in this country with them. These eligible immediate relatives have special priority which includes an unlimited number of visas available for them. Immediate Relative of a U.S. Citizen is considered the following: 1) Spouse; 2) Unmarried child under the age of 21; and 3) Parent (if the U.S. Citizen is over the age of 21).
Not only U.S. Citizens are allowed to petition for their immediate family, under the immigration laws exist four (4) preference categories through which a family member might immigrate permanently and these categories are based on the relationship between individual commonly called “beneficiary” and his or her “petitioner” who can be either a U.S. Citizen or a Lawful Permanent Resident.
Family - Based preference categories
First: (F1) - Unmarried Sons and Daughters of U.S. Citizens. Second: - F2A: Spouses and Children of Permanent Residents. F2B: Unmarried Sons and Daughters (21 years of age or older) of Permanent Residents. Third: (F3) - Married Sons and Daughters of U.S. Citizens. Fourth: (F4) - Brothers and Sisters of Adult U.S. Citizens.
The process of obtaining a lawful permanent residence status is complex because every family-based petition is unique depending on the family's situation. Your family relative might be able to adjust status inside the United States or outside through Consular Processing which would require the involvement of three different governmental departments (U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, National Visa Center, and U.S. Consulate or Embassy at your country of origin).
Our legal team is informed and experienced to address your legal needs and draft the best approach for your family petition, including all types of waivers.