FAMILY BASED IMMIGRATION:
Attorney Susan R. Torres believes the most important part of her practice is keeping families to together. A significant portion of her immigration practice is dedicated to assisting clients with family immigration. She understands the importance of bringing family members to the United States and reuniting them with loved ones. She works tirelessly to reunite clients with their families as efficiently as possible.
In order to file a family based immigration petition for your relative, your status must fall under one of the following family based immigration categories:
Family Based Petitions by U.S. Citizens
A United States citizen may file immigrant petitions for the following relatives:
Spouses of U.S. Citizens, children under 21 years of age, and parents, are considered Immediate Relatives – and are immediately eligible for a visa. Other relatives (brother, married son or daughter, son or daughter over 21) are given a “priority date” the moment the petition is received by US Citizenship and Immigration Services. The beneficiary will have to wait for an Immigrant Visa to become available.
Family Based Petitions by Legal Permanent Residents:
A legal Permanent Resident may file a petition for the following family members:
Relatives of a permanent resident are given a priority date the moment the petition is received by US Citizenship and Immigration Services. The beneficiary will have to wait for an Immigrant Visa to be available.
U.S. Citizens and Lawful Permanent residents use form I-130 to petition their relatives. A visa petition (Form I-130) is only used to demonstrate a qualifying relationship. An approved petition DOES NOT grant any benefit except to create a place in line for visa processing.
Family Based Petitions by Refugees and Asylees:
You May Petition for the following:
- Spouse or Child (unmarried and under 21 when you first applied for asylum or refugee status).
Please contact our office for additional information regarding family based petitions.