Family Immigration Lawyer
Serving Families and Individuals in West Palm Beach
Immediate relatives and specific family members of a U.S. citizen or lawful
permanent resident (LPR) may be eligible for an immigration visa if they
meet the proper standards determined by the law.
Family-based immigration covers immediate relative family members of U.S.
citizens or LPRs. This process can be consular-based or done at the local
USCIS office as an adjustment of status case within the United States.
The process must be completed by both the applicant and their sponsor
in the United States.
Eligibility for Family-Based Immigration
Eligibility for this
type of immigration is based on the applicant’s relationship with the U.S. permanent
resident or U.S. citizen. Immediate relatives include:
- the spouse of a U.S. citizen
- a U.S. citizen’s child, under the age of 21 and unmarried
- an orphan adopted from a foreign country by a U.S. citizen
- the parent of a U.S. citizen who is at least 21 years of age
Contact Sarah S. Rama, ESQ., LL.M. to discuss the appropriate visa and
family preference category that applies to your immediate relative and
the best course of action for your circumstances.
Qualifying for Adjustment of Status
Upon obtaining a visa, you may qualify for an Adjustment of Status. The
Immigration and Nationality Act allows an individual to change immigration
status while in the United States to a Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR).
Adjustment of Status can provide permanent residence without having to
return to your home country.
Alternatively, consular processing allows individuals living outside of
the United States (or those living within U.S. borders that are ineligible
to adjust status) to obtain a visa while in another nation, then enter
the United States as a permanent resident.
Sarah S. Rama, ESQ., LL.M. understands the intricacies of each visa type,
the application processes, and the potential roadblocks that you may encounter. Please
contact our offices today for an evaluation of your circumstances.