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Family Visa

Family-based immigrant visas are a way for U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents (LPRs) to bring their close family members to live permanently in the United States. There are two main categories of family-based immigrant visas: immediate relatives and family preference.

Immediate relatives are the spouse, children under 21 years of age, and parents of a U.S. citizen. There is no limit on the number of visas available for immediate relatives, so they do not have to wait in line for a visa.

Family preference visas are available for other relatives of U.S. citizens, such as married children, siblings, and adult children. The number of visas available for family preference is limited, so there is a waiting period for these visas.

If a family member is approved for a family-based immigrant visa, they will be able to come to the United States and live permanently. They will be able to work, go to school, and enjoy all the benefits that come with being a U.S. permanent resident.

A Guide to applying for "Immediate Relatives" family-based immigrant visa.
A Guide for applying for "Family Preference" family-based immigrant visa.

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A family-based immigrant visa is a type of visa that allows a foreign national to immigrate to the United States to live permanently with a close family member who is a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident (LPR).

Who is eligible for a family-based immigrant visa?

There are two categories of family-based immigrant visas: immediate relatives and family preference.

Immediate relatives are the spouse, children under 21, and parents of a U.S. citizen. There is no limit on the number of visas available for immediate relatives, so they do not have to wait in line for a visa.

Family preference visas are available for other relatives of U.S. citizens, such as married children, siblings, and adult children. The number of visas available for family preference is limited, so there is a waiting period for these visas.

The first step in applying for a family-based immigrant visa is to file Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative. This form establishes the family relationship that exists between you and your relative. Once Form I-130 is approved, your relative can then apply for an immigrant visa.

The application process for an immigrant visa can be complex and time-consuming. You will need to provide a lot of documentation, including proof of your relationship to your relative, your financial ability to support your relative, and your relative's medical history.

The processing time for a family-based immigrant visa can vary depending on the visa category and the current demand for visas. For immediate relatives, the processing time is typically a few months. For family preference visas, the processing time can be several years.

As a U.S. citizen or a Lawful Permanent Resident, you can bring your immediate family members to live in the US as permanent residents if they fit into an immigrant Visa category. Immediate family members include your spouse, children under 21, and parents.

You can also bring other family members to the US, but they will need to wait in line for a visa. The waiting time for these visas can be several years.