Family-Based Immigration Visas

Family-Based Immigration Visas

As per the U.S. Immigration and Nationality Act, there are two types of family-based immigration visas, those for immediate relatives and those for family preference categories.

The first type involves relatives of United States citizens. There is no limit to how many of these visas can be issued. These include the following immediate relatives:


  • Unmarried children under the age of 2
  • Orphans who were adopted abroad by U.S. citizens
  • Orphans who will be adopted in the United States by U.S. citizens
  • A parent of a U.S. citizen who is at least 21 years of age

The second type is for those that a petitioner has a family relationship with, but the relationship is more distant. These people are classified into family preference categories. There are annual limitations on them. They follow in order of preference:

  • F-1: Unmarried children of U.S. citizens and any of their minor children
  • F-2: Spouses, minor children and children of lawful permanent residents
  • F-3: Married children of U.S. residents, their spouses and minor children
  • F-4: Siblings of U.S. citizens and their spouses and minor children, so long as the U.S. citizen is at least 21 years of age

Our lawyers who specialize in family-based immigration in West Palm Beach can begin the sponsorship process for you by filing the appropriate documents and supporting materials with the proper U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services offices. Other requirements must also be met. When the National Visa Center decides that all of the documents that it needs have been filed, the applicant will have an interview appointment at a United States embassy or consulate in his or her country of origin.

The information detailed above is just the tip of the iceberg. The family-based immigration process is extremely complicated. We know the process from the beginning to the end. You will benefit greatly from the services of an attorney from our office specializing in family-based immigration in West Palm Beach

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