Family-Based Immigration

Family-based immigration is a fundamental pillar of the United States' immigration system. It allows U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents (green card holders) to reunite with their close family members from abroad. At Coleman Law Group, an experienced immigration law firm, we understand the importance of family unity and strive to assist individuals and families in navigating the complexities of family-based immigration. In this comprehensive guide, we will explore what family-based immigration entails, its various categories, and how our legal expertise can make the process smoother for you and your loved ones.

What is Family-Based Immigration? Family-based immigration refers to the process by which eligible U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents can sponsor their immediate relatives or certain family members to come to the United States and eventually obtain legal permanent residency (green card). It keeps families together and is a cornerstone of American immigration policy.

Categories of Family-Based Immigration: Family-based immigration is categorized into two primary groups:

Family-Based Immigration Categories:

Family-based immigration comprises several categories designed to accommodate different relationships and preferences. Let's explore these categories in detail: 

Immediate Relatives of U.S. Citizens:

Spouses of U.S. Citizens: U.S. citizens can sponsor their foreign-born spouses for a green card.

Unmarried Children Under 21: U.S. citizens can petition for unmarried children under 21 years old.

Parents of U.S. Citizens: U.S. citizens aged 21 years or older can sponsor their parents for a green card.

Family Preference Categories:

Family preference categories are for more distant family relationships. These categories have annual numerical limits, which can result in waiting periods. The family preference categories include:

First Preference (F1): Unmarried sons and daughters (21 years and older) of U.S. citizens.

Second Preference (F2): This category is divided into two subcategories:

F2A: Spouses and unmarried children (under 21) of lawful permanent residents.

F2B: Unmarried sons and daughters (21 years and older) of lawful permanent residents.

Third Preference (F3): Married sons and daughters of U.S. citizens.

Fourth Preference (F4): Brothers and sisters of adult U.S. citizens.

Family-Based Non-Immigration K Visas:

K visas are a category of nonimmigrant visas issued by the United States to allow the fiancé(e)s of U.S. citizens and their accompanying minor children to enter the U.S. to get married. The K visa category includes two main types:

K-1 Visa: This visa allows the fiancé of a U.S. citizen to enter the United States for the purpose of getting married within 90 days of arrival.

K-2 Visa: For unmarried children (under 21) of a K-1 visa holder.

K-3 Visa: Designed for the spouse of a U.S. citizen awaiting approval of an immigrant visa petition.

K-4 Visa: For the unmarried children (under 21) of a K-3 visa holder.


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