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Fairfield County Family-Based Visa Attorney

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Immigration Lawyer Assists Clients With All Types of Family Visas

Foreign nationals can immigrate to the United States through numerous types of family visas. If you are a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident (LPR) and have relatives living abroad, you may be eligible to sponsor them for a family-based immigration visa. The visa process can be complex and confusing, however. To help you navigate the process, it is best to work with an experienced immigration lawyer.

Gonzalez Law Office, LLC has helped countless clients obtain family-based immigration visas in Fairfield County, CT and Westchester County, NY. Attorney Hector Gonzalez has over a decade and a half of experience in this area of the law, and he is committed to going the extra mile to ensure that his clients overcome their legal barriers and reunite with their families as quickly as possible. Attorney Gonzalez has in-depth knowledge of the different types of family visas and which category works best for your specific circumstances.

The types of family visas issued by the USCIS are broken down into two primary categories: Immediate Relative visas and Family Preference visas.

Immediate Relative (IR) Visas

Close relatives of U.S. citizens can come to the United States on an IR visa. There are no numerical restrictions for the IR category, and as long as everything is filed properly, the waiting time is minimal. Intending immigrants in this category include:

  • The spouse of a U.S. citizen (IR-1).
  • A child of a U.S. citizen who is unmarried and under age 21 (IR-2).
  • An orphan who was adopted outside the country by a U.S. citizen (IR-3).
  • An orphan who is going to be adopted inside the U.S. by a U.S. citizen (IR-4).
  • The parent of a U.S. citizen if the citizen is at least 21 years of age (IR-5).

Family Preference (F) Visas

Applicants who do not qualify as Immediate Relatives might be eligible to apply under one of four family preference categories. The USCIS places annual limits on the number of immigrants that can be processed in each category, and applicants can often expect extended waiting periods for their visa to be processed.

The four family preference categories are as follows:

  • Unmarried children of U.S. citizens, along with their minor children (F1).
  • Spouses and unmarried children of legal permanent residents (F2).
  • Children of U.S. citizens who are married, along with their spouses and minor children (F3).
  • Brothers and sisters of U.S. citizens (in which the U.S. citizen is at least 21 years of age), along with the spouses and minor children of the siblings (F4).

It is important to note that there is no family preference category in the current law for aunts, uncles, grandparents, cousins, and in-laws.

Speak With a Greenwich Family Visa Attorney

There are several different types of family visas within U.S. immigration law. The requirements for each category differ. At Gonzalez Law Office, LLC, we thoroughly analyze your case to determine the right family-based category, and we work closely with you throughout the application process to ensure you are in the best possible position to obtain a positive result.

For a consultation with Attorney Hector Gonzalez, contact us today at 203-323-1440. We serve clients in Stamford, Fairfield County, Greenwich, Darien, New Canaan, Norwalk, Bridgeport, Waterbury, Hartford, and surrounding Connecticut communities, as well as communities throughout Westchester County, NY. Se Habla Español.

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