Washington D.C. Family Green Card Attorney
Compassionate Legal Guidance in Alexandria
If you are ready to permanently join your family in the United States,
you will need a family-based green card. A family member that is a U.S.
citizen or lawful permanent resident must sponsor you for a visa in what
can be a frustrating and complex process. Once you secure lawful permanent
residency, you will be able to live and work anywhere in the country.
You will also be able to sponsor your own family members.
Navigating the United States family immigration system can be extremely
challenging. Our Washington D.C. family green card lawyer at Law Group
International can aid you throughout the application process and serve
as your advocate in all communications with United States Citizenship
and Immigration Services (USCIS). We understand what is at stake and are
compassionate to the stresses and uncertainty that accompany family green
Understanding Immediate Relatives and Family Preference Relatives
Relatives that are seeking green cards through family-based immigration
will fall into one of two categories. Immediate relatives are reserved
for certain immediate family members of U.S. citizens. Family preference
relatives include the families of lawful permanent residents as well as
certain types of relatives of U.S. citizens.
Immediate relatives include:
- Spouses of U.S. citizens
- Unmarried children of U.S. citizens that are under 21 years of age
- Parents of U.S. citizens
Family preference relatives include:
- Adult, unmarried children of U.S. citizens that are over 21 years of age
- Spouses and unmarried children (under the age of 21) of U.S. lawful permanent residents
- Adult, unmarried children of U.S. lawful permanent residents
- Married children (both adults and minors) of U.S. citizens
- Siblings of U.S. citizens
Note that many types of relatives, including uncles, aunts, cousins, grandparents,
and grandchildren, are not eligible under the immediate relatives or family
preference categories. Additionally, lawful permanent residents can only
sponsor their unmarried children under the age of 21 and spouses. Only
citizens can sponsor their siblings, married children, and parents.
The main differentiating factor between the immediate relatives and family
preference categories is the amount of time you can expect to wait before
receiving your green card. USCIS does not assign a visa cap to immediate relatives, meaning that
those being sponsored as an immediate relative will not have to wait for
a visa to become available.
Family preference visas are subject to a cap, meaning that relatives sponsored
in this category will likely have to wait for their priority date to become
current. Wait times will depend on the number of backlogged applicants,
the country from which someone is applying, and the beneficiary’s
specific relationship to the petitioner.
Sponsoring a family member as an immediate relative is practically always
more efficient than sponsoring someone as a family preference relative. We can help assess which of your family members may be eligible for green
cards and help you understand what type of wait you will need to expect.
We have over 20 years of combined legal experience. Schedule a free initial
consultation with our legal team by calling
(703) 546-9300 or
contacting us online.