Many individuals obtain green cards (become permanent residents) through family members. This can be done via marriage-based immigration, other family-based immigration, or through several adoption processes. Our firm is dedicated to helping families reunite by navigating each client’s case through the immigration process with diligence, compassion and efficiency.
One of the most common methods by which individuals can obtain green cards is through marriage to a U.S. citizen or permanent resident. However, this is how one of the most common forms of immigration fraud is committed, resulting in a high threshold for proving that a marriage is real, as well as a permanent bar from any future immigration benefits if an immigration official finds that the marriage was a “sham” solely for immigration purposes.
Our attorneys will prepare a well-documented marriage-based petition and/or application and will personally prepare you and your spouse for the immigration interview to obtain positive results in your case.
- K-1 Visa for the fiancé or fiancée of a U.S. citizen.
- K-3/K-4 Visa for the spouse and children of a U.S. citizen.
- Removal of conditions form for permanent residence (Form I-751).
- I-130 immigrant visa petition.
- I-485 adjustment of status.
- Consular processing for an immigrant visa.
Other Family-Based Immigration
Besides being married to a U.S. citizen, a person may be eligible to obtain a green card if he or she is a child, parent or sibling of a U.S. citizen or green card holder. Each family-based category has its own waiting period. Depending on the family category and process utilized (adjustment of status or consular processing), a person may have to wait less than a year or as much as ten years to obtain permanent residence through family.
Our firm can advise you which category of family-based visa applies to you, and if more than one applies, which one will allow you to reach your goal of becoming a permanent resident faster.
- Unmarried child (under the age of 21) of a U.S. citizen.
- Parent of a U.S. citizen (over 21 years old).
- Unmarried son or daughter (over the age of 21) of a U.S. citizen.
- Married child of a U.S. citizen.
- Brother or sister of a U.S. citizen.
- Spouse of a green card holder.
- Unmarried child of a green card holder.