Certain foreign nationals are allowed by the Immigration and Nationality Law to permanently immigrate to the United States for the purpose of family unity. The relationships that can serve as sponsors are as follows:
For the foreign nationals who fall into the Immediate relatives category, such as for the spouse of a United States citizen, immigrant visas are not limited in numbers and are immediately available. Therefore, if the foreign national is present in the U.S., he or she may be eligible to file for adjustment of status concurrently with the relative petition.
For the other relatives of U.S. Citizens and relatives of LPR, the Department of State relies on a Preference Category System that determines whether a visa is available for the considered relative. This Preference Category System functions by priority date, i.e. the date that the Petition is filed on behalf of the family member. The Department of State visa bulletin, published on a monthly basis, allocates immigrant visas by priority date and according to each preference category.
Family relatives who are non-immediate relatives, usually immigrate through consular processing but may also qualify for adjustment of status. Please consult with Vazquez & Poudat, PLLC if you have family members who would like to immigrate to the United States.
If you have family members that would like to immigrate to the United States, call the Law Offices of Suzanne E. Vazquez. We will diligently analyze your case to determine if it qualifies under any of the above mentioned categories. We will help you during the application and along the process. Send us an email at info@VPImmigration.com or call us at (407) 674-6968 during office hours. If you have an emergency and need to talk to us, please call (407) 925-2554 and we will contact you shortly.