Family Based Immigration

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Family Based Immigration

U.S. immigration laws were designed to reunite families that live in different countries. Unfortunately, that does not mean the process will be simple. While the government wants to help families reunite, they also want to stop people who would take advantage of this system from getting in. As such, the laws are written in an inviting manner for family members, but the actual green card process can be complex and difficult. Additionally, given the uncertain status of LGBT relationships in some countries and the U.S. itself, the process can be even more difficult for same-sex couples.

At Hope Immigration, we have helped countless immigrants obtain their green card or residency through family-based immigration. Our knowledgeable and compassionate team can guide you through this complex process so that you can reunite with your loved ones in your new home.

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Call our Marietta immigration lawyers today at (678) 713-4255 to schedule a consultation and tell us more about your immigration issue.

Green Cards for Family Members

Obtaining a green card through family-based immigration is generally a two-step process. First, you must show that you have a qualifying relationship. Once USCIS has validated that relationship, the foreign national may apply for his or her lawful permanent resident status, either through Consular Processing or Adjustment of Status.

Qualifying relationships include:

  • Immediate relative of a U.S. citizen;
    • Defined as the spouse, unmarried child under the age of 21, or parent of U.S. citizen over the age of 21.
    • Immediate relatives have special immigration priority and do not have to wait in line for a visa number because there is an unlimited number of visas for their particular categories.
  • Unmarried son or daughter over the age of 21, a married child of any age, or a brother/sister of a U.S. citizen petitioner age 21 or older;
  • Spouse or unmarried child of a legal permanent resident;
  • Battered spouse or child of a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident;
  • Child born to a foreign diplomat in the United States;
  • V nonimmigrant;
  • Widow(er) of a U.S. citizen;
  • Fiancé(e) of a U.S. citizen; or
  • Prospective adopted child of a U.S. citizen.

For help obtaining a green card through family-based immigration from an experienced immigration lawyer in Marietta, contact Hope Immigration today.