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Stamford, CT Immediate Relative Visa Attorney

Greenwich Immediate Relative Visa Lawyer

Fairfield County Immigration Lawyer IR Category Family Visas

The Immediate Relative (IR) category is for family members who are closely related, such as spouses, children, and adopted orphans. Immediate relative visas have no annual numerical limits, and the processing period is typically much shorter than for family preference visas. The IR application process can be confusing and frustrating, however, and it is helpful to work with an experienced immigration attorney.

At Gonzalez Law Office, LLC, we have over 15 years of experience assisting clients with immediate relative visas and other types of family visas in Fairfield County, CT and Westchester County, NY. Attorney Hector Gonzalez has helped numerous applicants overcome the common pitfalls that visa applicants often run into. Attorney Gonzalez is skilled, compassionate, and dedicated to going the extra mile to ensure that his clients are reunited with their families as quickly as possible.

Immediate Relative (IR) Visa Categories

To promote family unity, the USCIS allows U.S. citizens to petition for certain close relatives to become lawful permanent residents (LPRs) in the United States and apply for green cards. Because there are an unlimited number of visas available for IR categories, applicants do not have to wait for a visa number to become available for their application to be processed.

The five categories of Immediate Relatives are:

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

Immediate Relative (IR) Visa Processing

The first step in the IR visa process is for the petitioner/sponsor to file a Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative, with the USCIS, along with the fees and requirements for the specific type of IR visa they are applying for. After the Form I-130 is received by the USCIS, the applicant may receive a Form I-797, Notice of Action, stating that the Form I-130 is either pending or approved. At this point, the applicant files a Form I-485 application package, which should include a copy of the Form I-797 along with the other specified requirements. Overall, Immediate Relative visas typically take between a few months and a year to process, depending on the specific circumstances.

Speak with a Skilled Darien Immediate Relative Visa Attorney

IR visas provide a pathway for close relatives to be together in the U.S. The application process can be confusing, however, and if you are missing important requirements, the application could end up being delayed or even denied. At Gonzalez Law Office, LLC, we understand the frustration immigrants feel having to deal with large and intimidating bureaucratic agencies and their complex approval processes. We work closely with our clients to help ensure a smooth and seamless process from start to finish.

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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