Family Based Immigration Lawyer in Orlando
Family-based immigration is one of the most common methods of obtaining permanent resident status. As an immigrant visa classification, this pathway to immigration allows foreign nationals to lawfully obtain a green card through a relative who is a citizen or permanent resident of the United States. At Brown Immigration Law, our experienced legal team has helped a variety of clients learn about the ways in which they can sponsor a relative in order for them to immigrate to the United States. This includes parents, spouses, children, siblings and others.
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Immigration Options for Family Members
Under U.S. immigration law, there are two groups of family-based immigrant visa categories. In addition, there are also specific visa categories for fiancés.
- Family-Sponsored Preferences - If a relationship does not qualify as an immediate relative, then both U.S. citizens and permanent residents can file petitions in a family-preference category. Eligible family-sponsored preference relatives of U.S. citizens and permanent residents are classified into four separate preference categories, including children over the age of 21, married children and siblings.
- Fiancé / Fiancée - Fiancés and fiancées fall into a separate family-based immigration category. Known as special family situations, eligible immigrants must meet certain qualifications and apply during certain time frames. Depending on the circumstances, fiancés can be awarded a K non-immigrant visa.
With any form of family-based immigration, the U.S. citizen or permanent resident sponsor and the foreign national beneficiary must complete a lengthy process that will allow the beneficiary to live and work permanently in the country. The sponsor and beneficiary must also supply a great deal of information and documentation during the process. If you are interested in helping a relative obtain a green card, our proven legal team can assist you with any of the procedures.
Immigration Options for Spouses
Marriage is a celebration of love that knows no borders. At Brown Immigration Law, we understand the importance of keeping families united. Our experienced family immigration lawyers in Orlando specialize in spousal immigration, helping couples navigate the complex process and reunite with their loved ones in the United States.
If you are married to a U.S. citizen or a lawful permanent resident, you may be eligible for a marriage-based visa. These visas allow spouses of U.S. citizens and green card holders to enter or remain in the country. The two most common options are the CR-1 visa for spouses of U.S. citizens and the IR-1 visa for spouses of green card holders.
For couples who are not yet married but plan to get married in the United States, the fiancé visa, also known as the K-1 visa, may be the appropriate choice. This visa allows the foreign fiancé of a U.S. citizen to enter the country for the purpose of getting married within 90 days.
If you are already in the United States on a nonimmigrant visa or under a different status, you may be able to adjust your status to that of a lawful permanent resident (green card holder) through the marriage-based adjustment of status process. Our family immigration attorneys will guide you through the requirements and documentation needed to successfully apply for this adjustment.
Navigating the spousal immigration process can be overwhelming, but our team is here to assist you every step of the way. We will help you gather the necessary documents, prepare the application, and provide expert guidance during interviews or hearings. Rest assured that with Brown Immigration Law, you will have a dedicated family immigration attorney by your side, committed to reuniting you with your spouse.
Immigration Options for Children
Children are the foundation of every family, and at Brown Immigration Law, we understand the significance of keeping families united, regardless of borders. We provide comprehensive immigration services for children, ensuring they have the opportunity to live with their U.S. citizen parents, join their adoptive families, or reunite with their step-parents in the United States.
Children born abroad to U.S. citizen parents may be eligible for U.S. citizenship at birth. Our family immigration lawyers can help you understand the requirements and assist with the necessary documentation to ensure your child's citizenship rights are protected.
If you are a U.S. citizen and wish to bring an adopted child to the United States, we can guide you through the adoption immigration process. We will help you navigate the complex legal requirements, such as securing the necessary approvals and documentation, to ensure a smooth transition for your child into their new home.
Stepchildren of U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents may also have immigration options available. Our experienced family immigration attorneys can assist in determining the appropriate immigration path for stepchildren, whether it involves a petition or adjustment of status.
We understand the unique challenges and emotional considerations involved in immigration cases concerning children. Our compassionate team will work tirelessly to ensure your child's best interests are protected throughout the entire process. With Brown Immigration Law, you can rest assured that we will provide personalized attention and expert guidance to help keep your family united.
Immigration Options for Parents and Other Relatives
At Brown Immigration Law, we believe in the importance of family connections and understand the desire to reunite with parents, siblings, and other eligible relatives in the United States. Our dedicated family immigration lawyers in Orlando are here to help you navigate the sponsorship process, ensuring you understand the requirements and limitations associated with each family-based immigration category.
If you are a U.S. citizen and at least 21 years old, you may be eligible to sponsor your parents for lawful permanent residency. This process involves filing a petition on behalf of your parents and demonstrating the required familial relationship. Our experienced attorneys will guide you through the documentation and evidence needed to support your case and increase the chances of a successful sponsorship.
Sponsoring siblings and other eligible relatives is also possible under certain circumstances. However, these categories have specific limitations and requirements. Our family immigration lawyers will assess your situation and advise you on the best course of action based on the current immigration laws and regulations.
We understand the significance of reuniting with your loved ones, and we are committed to providing personalized attention and expert guidance throughout the entire sponsorship process. Our attorneys will ensure that your case is handled efficiently and effectively, maximizing your chances of a successful outcome.
How Family-Based Immigration Works
- Family-based immigration must involve either a U.S. citizen or a permanent resident, also referred to as a green card holder.
- Citizens and permanent residents have the right to sponsor a foreign citizen family member to lawfully immigrate to the United States.
Although immigration law magnanimously allows for family members to be united in America, it does not make it an easy process. Depending on the type of relation, this process can range in duration and difficulty, which is why legal assistance from the experienced, knowledgeable and compassionate legal team at Brown Immigration Law is essential to s successful outcome. The following breakdown of family-based immigration can help you better understand your situation.
Relatives of U.S. Citizens
United States citizens can file petitions with the USCIS for a family member to obtain permanent residence. Depending on the relation to a foreign national, the process can differ immensely.
Relatives of Permanent Residents
Foreign national relatives of green card holders also have the opportunity to file petitions for certain family members to immigrate to the United States as permanent residents.
Unlike immediate relatives of U.S. citizens, family members of permanent residents have a lower priority and therefore must wait until a visa becomes available for their category and situation.
The process for permanent resident sponsorship requires a great deal of documentation and evidence of a certified immigration status. Eligible green card holder family members include spouses, unmarried children under 21, and unmarried children over 21.
Family-Based Preference Categories
Family members who do not qualify as immediate relatives of U.S. citizens will be placed into preference categories based on their type of familial relationship. This applies to non-immediate relatives of U.S. citizens and any relative of permanent residents. Each category has specific limitations on the amount of visas available. Certain countries will also have limitations for the amount of visas that can be granted each year.
The preference categories are:
- First Preference: Unmarried, over 21 children of U.S. citizens
- Second Preference (2A): Spouses and unmarried, under 21 children of permanent residents
- Second Preference (2B): Unmarried adult children of permanent residents
- Third Preference: Married children of U.S. citizens
- Fourth Preference: Siblings of adult U.S. citizens
If a relative is in the United States legally, they can complete the family-based immigration process in the U.S. by filing for an adjustment of status. For family members abroad, they can complete the process through consular processing in their home country.
Expert Guidance for Complex Family Immigration Matters
Navigating the complex immigration laws and procedures in the United States can be daunting, especially when it involves family-based immigration. At Brown Immigration Law, our dedicated family immigration lawyers have the expertise and experience to help you successfully navigate these intricate matters.
Our family immigration lawyers are well-versed in the ever-changing immigration laws and regulations. We stay up-to-date with the latest developments to provide you with accurate and reliable advice tailored to your unique circumstances.
One of the key services we provide is the preparation of comprehensive documentation. We understand that attention to detail is crucial in family immigration cases. Our attorneys will meticulously review your case, gather the necessary supporting documents, and prepare a strong application on your behalf. With our expertise, you can have confidence in the quality and completeness of your submission.
Additionally, our family immigration lawyers are experienced in representing clients before immigration authorities. Whether it involves attending interviews, responding to requests for evidence, or representing you in immigration court, our attorneys will advocate for your rights and interests every step of the way.
At Brown Immigration Law, we prioritize personalized attention and exceptional client service. We understand the emotional nature of family immigration matters and are committed to providing compassionate support to you and your loved ones throughout the entire process.
Contact our Orlando office today to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced family immigration lawyers. Let us help you navigate the complexities of family immigration and work towards reuniting your family.
Put Our Experience on Your Side
Family-based immigration is one of the primary practice areas at Brown Immigration Law. Having helped numerous families obtain permanent residence through relatives in the United States, you can be confident that your family-based immigration application will be meticulously prepared and successfully completed.
As cases always vary on a unique basis, our legal team makes it a point to devote personal attention to each case in order to meet the unique immigration needs of our clients. If you need an effective resolution in a timely manner, you need to work with the dedicated and client-focused attorneys at Brown Immigration Law.
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