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JQK Law: Your Family Immigration Attorney

Family-based immigration can be challenging to navigate. While various familial relationships can qualify for family visas, many do not.

A family immigration attorney helps individuals and their family members through the immigration process. A knowledgeable family immigration lawyer will determine whether you or a family member qualify for family-based immigration and the appropriate visa type.

At JQK Law, we are well-versed in family immigration law and help families from diverse backgrounds reunite in the U.S. Contact an immigration attorney today to learn more about how we can support you through the immigration process.

What Is Family-Based Immigration?

Family-based immigration is when a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident sponsors a family member from a foreign country to attain legal immigrant status in the U.S. There are two types of family-based immigrant visas: immediate relative (IR visas) and family preference (F visas).

Immediate Relative Category

Immediate relatives include the spouse, child or parent of a U.S. citizen. U.S. law does not limit the number of IR visas for a given fiscal year.

Family Preference Category

The family preference category includes unmarried sons and daughters (21 years or older), married sons and daughters, and brothers and sisters of U.S. citizens.

Lawful permanent residents can sponsor spouses, children, and unmarried sons and daughters (21 years or older).

U.S. law limits the number of family preference visas available for a given fiscal year. An experienced family immigration lawyer can help you determine your priority date and when you may be able to receive your visa.

The Family Immigration Process

Family immigration can be a lengthy and convoluted process. It involves a several steps, variety of documents and appointments.

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for an IR or F category visa, you must have a qualifying family relationship with a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident. Only immediate family members like spouses, children, parents or immediate siblings are eligible depending on the sponsoring family member’s status.

File an Immigrant Petition

If you meet all eligibility requirements, a qualifying U.S.-based family member must file a family-based immigration petition (Form I-130) with United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). This form validates the relationship with the potential immigrant family member. Supporting documentation proving the relationship must also be provided.

USCIS and NVC Processing

The USCIS will review the petition before forwarding it to the National Visa Center (NVC). The NVC will assign a case number and the application will undergo further processing.

Visa Interview

After the NVC reviews and approves your documents, you must wait for notification to schedule a visa interview. The consular processing will differ depending on your visa type. If you are applying for an F visa, you will need to wait for your priority date to come current.

Medical Examination

After the interview, an approved panel physician will conduct a medical examination. This exam consists of a medical history review, chest X-rays and a syphilis blood test. The physician will also check your heart, throat, lungs and extremities for health complications.

Receive Visa Approval and Travel

If you are approved, you will receive your visa and can travel to the U.S. On arrival, U.S. Customs and Border Protection will check your documents and authorize your entry into the U.S.

Receive Your Green Card

You will then receive your green card in the mail under a family sponsorship. Receiving your permanent resident card can take up to 90 days after entry.

If you are already in the U.S. with one of the many immigrant visas, you can apply for an adjustment of status to become a lawful permanent resident.

How Can a Family Immigration Attorney Help?

An experienced family immigration lawyer can help you navigate a family immigration case by expertly guiding you through the process, overcoming obstacles and strategizing for success.

Expert Guidance

Immigration law is dynamic and ever-changing. A family immigration attorney will use their legal knowledge to guide you through the complexities of immigration laws. Our attorneys can handle filing your family-based petition and gathering all required documents and forms. We can also assist you with a change of immigrant status.

Identify Potential Issues Before They Arise

As mentioned, immigration law is extremely complicated. A minor issue with your application could ruin your chances of getting a family visa. Our experienced immigration attorneys will identify any problems with your application before sending it. Addressing potential complications early saves you frustration, time and money.

Personalized Legal Advice

JQK Law adopts a client-centric approach to each and every case. This means we take the time to understand your specific issues and circumstances, allowing us to offer tailored advice on how the family-based immigration laws apply to your family.

Procedural Assistance

Applying for family-based immigration involves tons of paperwork and adherence to strict guidelines. Filling out these forms can be a huge hassle. An immigration lawyer at JQK will provide assistance every step of the way, ensuring all your documents are in order and deadlines are met. We also help you prepare for common visa interview questions.

Protect Your Rights

Our lawyers are compassionate advocates who work hard to protect your rights throughout the immigration process. We will help safeguard you from potential abuse or discrimination by immigration officials.

Peace of Mind

The family immigration process can be confusing, frustrating and time-consuming. Hiring a seasoned family immigration attorney can lessen the burden. We are here to ease the process so you can focus on starting your new life in the U.S.

Contact JQK Law for Your Family Immigration Needs

Family-based immigration can be complicated. It can be difficult just to determine whether you are eligible to sponsor or benefit from family immigration. A family immigration attorney can help navigate the process from start to finish.

The attorneys at JQK pride themselves on building a communicative lawyer-client relationship. We will work with you to determine eligibility, obstacles and the best options for obtaining legal immigration status.

Do you need assistance with your visa application? Contact JQK Law today to speak with an experienced family immigration lawyer.  

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