Family-Based Immigration

San Diego Family-Based Immigration Lawyer

Family-based immigration is a legal pathway for foreign nationals to gain permanent residency in the United States based on their close familial relationships with U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents. It’s an intricate area of law, requiring careful navigation of the United States’ stringent immigration policies and procedures.

At the San Diego Immigration Law Office APC, we offer guidance and assistance throughout the complex application process for family-based immigration. Our team is well versed in immigration law, providing support, explanations, and clarifications where needed. We can also explain all of your potential options so that you can make informed decisions that best meet your needs.

Call our San Diego family-based immigration lawyer at (619) 473-2506 to schedule a consultation.

What Are the Requirements for Family-Based Immigration?

Family-based immigration allows close relatives of U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents to become lawful permanent residents themselves.

There are, however, specific requirements that individuals must meet to qualify for this process:

  • The sponsoring relative, who must be a U.S. citizen or a lawful permanent resident, must file a Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative. This form is an official request to recognize a familial relationship between the sponsor and the individual seeking immigration.
  • The familial relationship between the sponsor and the individual seeking immigration must fall within the categories recognized by U.S. immigration laws. These generally include immediate relatives—spouses, unmarried children under age 21, and parents of U.S. citizens at least 21 years old.
  • There must be a visa available in the category that matches the relationship. For immediate relatives of U.S. citizens, visas are typically available. Others may have a waiting period before one becomes accessible.

Please bear in mind that these are general guidelines, and the requirements can vary depending on individual circumstances.

How Do I Apply for Family-Based Immigration?

The application process typically involves two major steps. First, your U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident relative must file a petition on your behalf with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). This form, known as the I-130, Petition for Alien Relative, is crucial in establishing a qualifying relationship.

Once the I-130 petition is approved and a visa is available in your category, you can apply for a Green Card. The method to do this can vary. If you are currently in the U.S., you may be able to file for adjustment of status without leaving. If outside the U.S., you will go through consular processing at a U.S. Department of State consulate abroad.

Navigating these procedures can be daunting, so having experienced legal help by your side is crucial. At the San Diego Immigration Law Office APC, we strive to make this process as smooth as possible for you and your family. For personalized advice on your family immigration application, contact us to schedule a consultation.

Contact Us Today to Schedule a Consultation

At the San Diego Immigration Law Office APC, you’ll find an ally in pursuing status as a lawful permanent resident through family-based immigration.

Our team can help you understand the nuances of immigration law, providing clarity every step of the way. From helping sponsors fill out the I-130 petition to applying for a Green Card, we are with you, working hard to simplify this intricate process.

Navigating immigration law can be overwhelming, but having experienced professionals on your side can make a significant difference.

Call (619) 473-2506 or contact us online to schedule a consultation with our San Diego family-based immigration attorney.

Which Family Members Can Sponsor My Application for Family-Based Immigration?

A family member’s status and relationship with you determine whether they are an eligible sponsor.

U.S. citizens can sponsor the following family members:

  • Spouses
  • Unmarried children under the age of 21
  • Parents, if the U.S. citizen is at least 21 years old
  • Married children of any age
  • Siblings, if the U.S. citizen is at least 21 years old

Lawful Permanent Residents (Green Card holders) can sponsor:

  • Spouses
  • Unmarried children, regardless of age

It’s crucial to remember that each of these categories has distinct processing times and visa availability, which can significantly impact the timeline of your application. At the San Diego Immigration Law Office APC, we can navigate these complexities and provide guidance tailored to your situation.

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    If you need help with immigration law issues, contact San Diego Immigration Law Office APC. We are a full-service immigration law firm that has worked on numerous immigration cases. We can arrange a consultation to discuss your case in more detail and offer flexible payment plans to suit all incomes. San Diego Immigration Law Office APC is here to serve your needs, so reach out to see how we can help.

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