Most non-immigrant visas (those visas which do not confer permanent residency or immigrant status) have accompanying visa categories that can be used to bring in immediate family members. You can assume that for any non-immigrant visa service category we service, that we also service that accompanying non-immigrant family visas.
Immediate Relative vs. Preference Relative
But what most people think of when seeking out a family visa is the permanent residency or “Green Card” category of family visas available to Immediate Relatives and Preference Relativesof U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
The term immediate relative encapsulates only certain relatives, including spouses of U.S. citizens, parents, and children, and even then there are special rules governing certain of these relationships. Immediate relatives do not face waiting times for visa availability. Immediate relatives in the United States may qualify to file Form I-485 to adjust status.
The term preference relative captures relatives outside of the immediate relatives categories, like applies to certain other relatives of U.S. citizens and permanent residents:
- First Preference: unmarried sons and daughters of U.S. citizens. This category refers to the adult children of U.S. citizens or those who have reached the age of 21 years prior to issuance of the immigrant visa;
- Second Preference: a) spouses and children under the age of 21 of U.S. permanent residents; b) unmarried sons and daughters over the age of 21 of U. S. permanent residents;
- Third Preference: married sons and daughters of U.S. citizens;
- Fourth Preference: brothers and sisters of adult U.S. citizens.
- The sponsoring relative must file a petition (Form I-130) for the petitioning foreign national relative.
- Outside of the U.S. the application will go through consular processing.
- I-130 filing for each sponsored family member in the immediate relative category.
- Documentation must be submitted to prove family relationship.
- Generally require an affidavit of support.
How Bull City Lawyer Can Help You
- Bull City Lawyer can prepare case and provide representation preparation for interviews at USCIS offices and consulates.
- We provide guidance and assistance in all types of family-based immigration cases at local USCIS offices, service centers, and U.S. consulates abroad.