The attorneys at Vazquez & Poudat frequently help Kissimmee clients with family petitions. Immigrating through a family member is the most common way to immigrate to the United States, and statistically the one through which most Immigrant Visas are issued by the U.S. government.
The marriage route is usually the easiest path to immigration, including marriage to a green card holder, as well as the fiancé route. More often than not, the spouses will have to go through the process of removal of conditions once the initial 2 year green card is granted in order to obtain the permanent residence. Also, noteworthy is the immigration through another relative than a spouse, such as a parent, son or daughter, or sibling.
U.S. Immigration differentiates Immediate Relatives and Other relatives: Immediate Relatives are spouses and children under 21 of a U.S. Citizen as well as parents of U.S. citizens.
For the foreign nationals who fall into this category, 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. See immigration through marriage.
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.
The preference categories are:
The waiting times for those visas changes each month. Our Kissimmee Family Immigration Lawyers, certified as experts by the Florida Bar in Immigration and Nationality Law, can provide more information about the waiting time of your category.
Feel free to contact our Family Immigration attorneys in Orlando, Fl, to determine if you qualify under any of the above described categories and what steps are necessary to apply. We can be reached during office hours at (407) 674-6968. If you have an emergency after office hours please call us at (407) 925-2554 and we will contact you shortly. You may also contact us by email at info@VPImmigration.com. Our office is located in downton Orlando, with easy access to the I-4 and minutes away from Kissimmee.