Family Immigration Lawyers
Your lawyers for green card petitions & family immigration
Help With Family Immigration
Many people become permanent residents through family members. The United States promotes family unity and allows U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents to petition for certain relatives to come and live permanently in the United States. Our expert family immigration attorneys in Denver, CO, and Seattle, WA, can help with visa applications, green card petitions, adjustment of status, and more.
Green Card Petitions
Our green card lawyers can walk you through the process and help you file petitions for your family members:
Family Member of a Permanent Resident:
Family Member of a U.S. Citizen:
The “family preference category” includes:
- Unmarried sons or daughters over the age of 21
- Married children of any age
- Brothers and sisters (if the U.S. citizen petitioner is over the age of 21)
Congress has limited the number of relatives who may immigrate under these categories each year so there is usually a waiting period before an immigrant visa number becomes available. The wait will depend on your preference category:
Family-Based Preference Categories:
- There are four family-based preference categories:
- 1st preference: unmarried sons and daughters (21 and older) of U.S. citizens
- 2A: spouses and unmarried children (under 21) of lawful permanent residents
- 2B: unmarried sons and daughters (21 and older) of lawful permanent residents
- 3rd preference: married sons and daughters (21 and older) of U.S. citizens
- 4th preference: brothers and sisters of U.S. citizens
Relatives who fall within these preference-based categories must wait for their priority date to become current before they can apply for their green cards. Each month, the U.S.Department of State publishes the Visa Bulletin, which shows the priority dates that are current in each category for that month. The priority date is generally the date that the I-130 Petition was filed.
Through Special Categories of Family:
One may be able to become a permanent resident through a special family situation. These adjustment of status programs are limited to individuals who meet particular qualifications and/or apply during certain time frames:
- Battered Spouse or Child (VAWA)
- K Nonimmigrant (includes fiancé)
- Person Born to a Foreign Diplomat in the United States
- V Nonimmigrant
- Widow of a U.S. Citizen
Adjustment of Status vs. Consular Processing
Once a person’s priority date is current, that person can take the next step toward obtaining his/her green card. This will either be adjustment of status or consular processing. Adjustment of status is when a person applies for his/her green card from within the United States with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. Many people do not have the option of applying for their green cards from within the United States. As a general rule,a person cannot apply for his/her green card from within the U.S. unless the person either entered the U.S. legally or qualifies under a special law found at INA Section 245(i). If a person cannot apply within the U.S., the person may be required to consular process in his/her home country. Our law firm regularly prepares applications for adjustment of status and consular processing. You can find more information, as well as forms and filing fees, on the website of U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services.
Contact Novo Legal
As your experienced Family Immigration lawyers, we are here to help with green card petitions and more in Denver, CO, and Seattle, WA.
The information on this website is for general information purposes only. Nothing on this site should be taken as legal advice for any individual case or situation. This information is not intended to create an attorney-client relationship.