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Trusted Legal Support For Global Family Reunification

One of the original premises of U.S. Immigration Laws has been “family reunification.”  The U.S. holds the idea of “family” in high regard and as a core national value. Since the inception of the Immigration and Nationality Act (“INA”), the U.S. immigration system has required most intending immigrants to have either close family ties to someone in the U.S. or employment-based skills that are needed by U.S. employers.

Contrary to some inaccurate claims about “chain migration” used to scare the general public, family-based immigration is only available to certain specific family members which include parent, spouse, sibling, and child relationships. Cousins, uncles, aunts, grandparents, and other extended family members are not eligible to immigrate to the U.S. under the family-based immigration system.  

Key Categories of Family-Based Immigration

For those relationships listed above, there are immediate relatives: (1) spouses of U.S. citizens; (2) unmarried minor children (under 21 years of age) of U.S. citizens; and (3) parents of adult (21+ years) U.S. citizens; and then there are preference relationships, which are limited to close family members of U.S. citizens or Lawful Permanent Residents (“LPRs”):

  • First Preference (F1): Unmarried adult children of U.S. citizens;
  • Second Preference (A) (F2A): Spouses and minor children of LPRs;
  • Second Preference (B) (F2B): Unmarried adult children of LPRs;
  • Third (F3): Married adult children of U.S citizens; and
  • Fourth (F4): Brothers and sisters of U.S. citizens.

While immediate relatives enjoy the ability to “immediately” apply for adjustment of status (“green card”) or an immigrant visa from abroad, those who hold preference relationships are subject to numerical visa limits per country per year and must look to the U.S. Department of State’s Visa Bulletin to determine when immigrant visas or applications for Adjustment of Status may be filed.  Waits of up to 15+ years are not unheard of.

Navigating the Family Immigration Process

The process of family-based immigration can be lengthy and confusing, so it is important to consult with an experienced immigration attorney to ensure that all requirements are met with respect to establishing the family relationship, meeting income requirements, determining financial responsibility for the sponsored family member(s), and understanding security and criminal background checks, health related roadblocks, and other potential grounds of inadmissibility to the U.S.

Choose Verma Cortes LLC for Family Immigration Success

At Verma Cortes LLC, we understand that family is the most important thing in your life. We are dedicated to helping families from around the world stay together or reunite. Our team of experienced immigration attorneys in Rockville is here to guide you through the complex process and ensure a smooth and successful outcome for your case.

When you choose us to handle your family immigration needs, you can expect:

  • Personalized attention: We take the time to understand your unique situation and tailor our services to meet your specific needs. Our attorneys will work closely with you, providing guidance and support every step of the way.
  • Comprehensive Legal Support: Our team of immigration attorneys has extensive knowledge and experience in family and marriage visas. We stay up-to-date with the latest immigration laws and regulations to provide you with the most accurate and effective legal advice.
  • Efficient and Detail-Oriented Service: We understand that time is of the essence when it comes to family immigration. Our attorneys will work diligently to ensure that your case is processed as quickly as possible, while still paying attention to the details to avoid any delays or complications.
  • Transparent Communication: We believe in open and transparent communication with our clients. Our attorneys will keep you informed about the progress of your case, answer any questions you may have, and address any concerns that arise along the way.
  • Stress-Free Legal Experience: Navigating the family immigration process can be overwhelming and stressful. With Verma Cortes LLC on your side, you can have peace of mind knowing that your case is in capable hands. We will handle all the paperwork, filings, and legal complexities, allowing you to focus on what matters most - your family.

At Verma Cortes LLC, we put your needs first. Our Rockville immigration attorneys are ready to help you when it matters most. Let us explain your options.

Contact our Rockville immigration lawyers today (301) 383-9135 or complete our online contact form for personalized legal assistance.

Commonly Asked Questions

What is family-based immigration and who is eligible?

Family-based immigration is a U.S. policy that allows certain family members of U.S. citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents (LPRs) to immigrate to the United States. Eligible family members include spouses, unmarried minor children, and parents of U.S. citizens, as well as unmarried adult children, married adult children, and siblings of U.S. citizens. Spouses and minor children of LPRs are also eligible. This policy is rooted in the value of family reunification and is designed to help families stay together or reunite in the U.S.

How does the Visa Bulletin affect family immigration?

The Visa Bulletin is published by the U.S. Department of State and it affects family immigration by providing current visa availability information. Those in preference relationships, such as unmarried adult children of U.S. citizens or siblings of U.S. citizens, are subject to numerical visa limits and must consult the Visa Bulletin to determine when they can file for an immigrant visa or Adjustment of Status. The wait times can be lengthy, sometimes exceeding 15 years, depending on the visa category and the individual's country of chargeability.

What are the main challenges in the family immigration process?

The family immigration process can be challenging due to its complexity and the need to meet various requirements. Challenges include establishing the qualifying family relationship, meeting income requirements, determining financial responsibility for sponsored family members, and navigating security and criminal background checks. Health-related issues and other potential grounds of inadmissibility can also pose difficulties. It's important to consult with experienced immigration attorneys to navigate these challenges effectively.

Why choose Verma Cortes LLC for family immigration services in Rockville?

Choosing Verma Cortes LLC for family immigration services in Rockville means you'll receive personalized attention, comprehensive legal support, efficient and detail-oriented service, transparent communication, and a stress-free legal experience. Our team of immigration attorneys is well-versed in family and marriage visas, stays current with immigration laws, and is dedicated to ensuring a successful outcome for your case. We prioritize your needs and provide the guidance and support necessary to navigate the immigration process smoothly.

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