Family-Based Green Card Lawyers Serving Clients Throughout California
Love and family do not know national borders. If you want to keep your family together, there are measures under immigration law by which to obtain family-based green cards. Like all matters relating to immigration, the process to secure a green card for yourself and your family members can feel needlessly complicated and seem to take too long.
The legal knowledge of an experienced immigration lawyer could help ensure that the process to obtain a green card goes smoothly. The attorneys of Landerholm Immigration, A.P.C. have dedicated years of service to helping to keep families together through the immigration court process. Our law firm could help you file family-based petitions so that you can legally bring your loved ones over to the United States. Call us at 510-488-1020 to discuss your options.
What is a Family-Based Petition?
A common way to obtain a green card is via a family-based petition. US citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents can sponsor a family member to America with such a petition. There are two types of family-based immigrant categories that are applicable for family-based petitions for green cards: immediate relative and family preference immigrants.
Immediate family members, including children under 21 and spouses of US citizens, do not have to wait for a visa. They should be instantly eligible for a green card or visa in the United States. The unmarried children over age 21 of US citizens get first priority on visa immigrant waitlists.
The immigrating family member must be sponsored by a US citizen or lawful permanent resident. If the sponsor passes away, other considerations could be made for a substitute sponsor.
What Family Members May Be Eligible for Immigrant Visas?
The family members eligible for family-based green cards are split into two categories; immediate relatives and family preferences.
Eligible immediate relatives:
- A child of a US citizen under age 21
- An unmarried child of a US citizen over age 21
- Adopted orphans
- A married child of a US citizen of any age
Eligible family members of the family preferences category:
- First preference: unmarried children of US citizens
- Second preference: spouses, unmarried children, and children under age 21 of Legal Permanent Residents
- Third preference: married offspring of US citizens
- Fourth preference: brothers and sisters of US citizens
The number of visas available is limited. They are distributed by priority, with priorities listed in descending order in the two categories.
What Types of Family-based Immigration Cases Does Our Law Firm Handle?
The legal team at Landerholm Immigration, A.P.C. is dedicated to uniting families across national borders. We handle a wide range of cases by which we may help secure green cards for you or your family members in hopes of making all of you lawful permanent residents.
We could help in immigration cases such as:
- Adjustment of status or consular processing
- Bringing family members over from other countries
- Change or extension of I-130 Visa petitions, K-1 Visas, K-3 Visas, marriage visas, and I-751 petitions
- Reentry permits
- Removing residency conditions or restrictions
- US citizens married to foreign nationals who want to obtain a green card for their spouse
- US citizens who have turned 21 and want to file a family-based petition for their parents
- Waivers for green cards
Contact an Immigration Attorney at Our Law Firm
There are legal ways to immigrate and unite families in America. If you are looking to bring your spouse, children, parents, fiancé, or siblings into America, you could file a family-based petition. A green card application is the first step on the road to citizenship. But there can be many snags and a long wait along the way.
This legal immigration process could be made easier with the immigration law knowledge of an experienced lawyer. The attorneys of Landerholm Immigration, A.P.C. proudly serve clients in and around the Bay Area. If you would like to speak to one of our attorneys, you can schedule a free initial consultation to speak about the particulars of your case.
Please reach out to us at our Oakland law office by calling 510-488-1020.