Obtaining lawful residence in the U.S. comes with a variety of privileges not afforded to visitors or those migrating to the U.S. on a temporary basis.  The U.S. permits a foreign national to pursue permanent residency, or a “green card” via a familial relationship with a U.S. Citizen or legal permanent resident.  

Under the provisions of U.S. immigration law, applicants are classified into preference categories based on their relationship with their U.S. citizen or LPR family member.  Spouses, parents, and children under the age of 21 are considered “immediate relatives” and typically can apply for a visa immediately, without being subject to a visa wait. Other family members are subject to classification within the family-based preference categories.  This generally means that there will be a waiting period before permanent residency is possible. Family members subject to the preference categories include: Spouses, children, and unmarried sons and daughters of lawful permanent residents; Unmarried sons and daughters (over 21 years old) of U.S. citizens; Married sons and daughters of U.S. citizens; siblings of U.S. citizens.

Family unity is essential to our human fabric, and the attorneys at Daniels & Smith work to ensure that you are making the best choices for your family. If you are contemplating petitioning for a family member, contact us to schedule a consultation. We can help with:

  • Family & Derivative Visas

  • Fiancé Visas

  • Marriage Based Adjustment of Status

  • Consular Processing

  • Removal of Conditions

  • Inadmissibility Waivers

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