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Immigration Lawyer to Handle Family Based Status Matters to Bring Family Member to the United States

One of the most frequently asked questions in immigration to date is whether an individual can bring a family member to the United States. Well, the answer is YES (depending on specific circumstances) and we are here to help! Take a look at the summary of information bellow and CALL US TODAY at 818-222-3400 or 1-866-465-8792 for options on how to accomplish your particular needs. You may also click here to reach us via our 24/7 contact form or email us at anytime at . Our immigration lawyer handles family based status immigration problems and other immigration matters in Los Angeles, the San Fernando Valley, Ventura, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and throughout all of California.

In order to help a family member embark on the U.S. immigration process you must fit in one of the three (3) categories listed below. An individual’s status in the United States determines what process to follow and which of their relatives may be eligible to migrate to the United States.

Who may Make a Family Based Petition Immigration
  1. United States Citizens
  2. Permanent Residents
  3. Refugees admitted as a refugee within the past two (2) years or an asylee granted within the past two (2) years
  1. United States Citizens

    I am a United States Citizen, who can I petition for?

    A United States Citizen may petition for a:

    1. Immediate Relatives
    2. Other Relatives
    1. Immediate Relatives

      Immediate relatives are considered the following relatives:

      • Spouses of U.S. Citizens
      • Children of U.S. Citizens (who are not married and under the age of 21)
      • Parents of U.S Citizens (U.S. Citizen must be 21 or older)
        • Visas are always available to immediate relatives of United States Citizens and are not subject to the preference categories/ annual numerical limits.
    2. Other Relatives

      These are individuals who are not listed in the immediate relative category above and considered “other relatives”.

      • Preference categories apply to family members who are not immediate relatives. Visas are allotted subject to a preference system and numerical annual limits.
  2. Permanent Residents

    A permanent resident may petition for the following family members:

    1. Spouse of the permanent resident
    2. Unmarried children (age limit)
    3. Unmarried son or daughter of any age
  3. Family Preference System Immigration

    The family preference system allows the following persons to seek status in the United States: Relatives immigrating through a permanent Resident, as well as some categories of those immigrating through a United States Citizen, and are subject to numerical restrictions.

    The following are the preference categories in the order in which they apply:

    • First preference: Unmarried adult sons and daughters of U.S. citizens.
    • Second Preference (2A): Spouses of green card holders, unmarried children (under 21) of permanent residents
    • Second Preference (2B): Unmarried adult sons and daughters of permanent residents
    • Third Preference: Married sons and daughters (any age) of U.S. citizens
    • Fourth Preference: Brothers and sisters of adult U.S. citizens

    A visa becomes available to a preference category according to the priority date (the date the I-130 was properly filed).

    United States Immigration is controlled by numerical limitations, which are called quotas. These quotas are applied to the family-based category and also to the overall number of permanent resident visas distributed in each country, per year. Keep in mind that there are a limited number of visas available every year under the family preference system. So, our advice is to get started today!

    Preference System and Annual Numeric Limits

    The following are the number of visas available in each of the four family-based preference categories:

    • 1st Preference - Approx. 23,400 visas/year, plus any visas left over from the 4th preference
    • 2A Preference – Approx. 87,900 visas/year, plus any visas left over from the 1st preference
    • 2B Preference- Approx. 26,300 visas/year, plus any visas left over from the 1st preference
    • 3rd Preference – Approx. 23,400 visas/year, plus any visas left over from the 1st and 2nd preferences
    • 4th Preference –Approx. 65,000 visas/year, plus any visas left over from the previous preferences.
  4. Family of Refugees and Asylees

    This category applies to those who have entered the United States within the last two (2) years as a refugee or were granted status as an asylee in the past two (2) years.

    For eligibility and further information click here

Research Links

Links to most commonly used family based forms:

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We look forward to speaking with you and helping you resolve your family based immigration and other immigration questions and legal problems.


Our immigration web site pages were prepared when our personal injury & wrongful death law firm also provided assistance to some of our clients with immigration matters. Our law firm does not do that any longer. Our lawyers and law offices continue to concentrate in handling serious injury and wrongful death cases in Los Angeles, the San Fernando Valley, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, Ventura and all of California resulting from car accidents, truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, bicycle accidents, hit & run and uninsured motorist (UM) and underinsured motorist (UIM) accidents, dog bites & dog attacks, premises liability accidents including slip & fall, trip & fall and burn injury cases. Our lawyers have handled personal injury and wrongful death accident cases for over 45 years. We have successfully resolved thousands of injury accident claims over that time, with a success rate better than 98%. However, if you need any immigration help we are happy to refer you to an immigration lawyer. Meanwhile, we have left these pages on our web site with this notice to continue to try to provide some useful general information to the public. As always, the information in this web site is general information only that is not intended to provide nor should it be relied upon to provide specific advice for any specific legal matter as, among other reasons, all facts and circumstances should be considered. You are advised and encouraged to consult with an experienced attorney for specific advice about your particular personal injury, wrongful death, accident, immigration or any other legal claim, case or matter. If you ever need any help or legal advice, please call us now at 818-222-3400 or 1-866 INJURY 2 or simply click here to reach us 24/7. On injury accident cases our initial consultation still is absolutely FREE and we work on a contingency fee. That means we do not receive any fee until we win. And then the fee comes out of the recovery which means that the fee is actually paid by the insurance company and does not come out of your own pocket. If you have any questions, please let us know. We look forward to helping you.

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