Family visas are generally split into two categories. The first is unlimited, but applies only to immediate relatives — for example, a spouse, unmarried child under age 18 or the parent of a U.S. citizen over the age of 21. The second visa category is limited and depends on family preference.
Immigration based on marriage is a little bit different, but also unlimited. When marrying a non-U.S. citizen, timing and adjustment of status issues often come into play. A fiancé(e) visa for instance requires marriage within 90 days of arrival in the United States. If your fiancé(e) were currently on a student visa, he or she would likely need to apply for an adjustment of status as well as an I-130 petition based on the marriage.
At the Aquino Law Group, Aaron Aquino helps clients in Southern California and throughout Nevada. He can explain available immigration options. It is important to file as soon as possible — call today to schedule an appointment.
If you were unlawfully present or charged with a crime, we can also discuss whether you will need an immigration waiver called a waiver of inadmissibility.
Why Is Family Preference Important?
Because of the limited number of visas, family preference determines how long your relative must wait before getting a visa. How is family preference determined? Here are the four general categories:
First preference — unmarried sons and daughters of U.S. citizens and their children
Second preference — spouses and children of green card holders (long-term permanent residents)
Third preference — married children of U.S. citizens and their families
Fourth preference — brother and sisters of U.S. citizens
The date a petition is filed becomes the priority date. A Visa Bulletin shows priority dates the agency is processing based on county. It is best to file as soon as possible. I can help you get your relative in line.
Contact Us To Get Started
Do you want to bring a family member to the United States? To find out more about the immigration process requirements, call 702.871.6464 or fill out our online form to schedule an appointment with Aaron Aquino. At the Aquino Law Group, we speak Tagalog, Spanish, Korean, Mandarin and Cantonese.