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Family-based immigration often times involves 2 parties: 1) Petitioner; 2) Beneficiary.
The petitioner will either be a legal permanent resident or a U.S. Citizen. The Beneficiary, on the other hand, will be the family member who is seeking to immigrate into the United States and reunite with the petitioner.
Below please find the two main categories to consider under the umbrella of family-based immigration:
- Immediate Relatives:
- What is an immediate relative? These are parents, spouses, and unmarried children under the age of 21 of U.S. citizens.
- What does it mean to be an immediate relative of a U.S citizen? It means that there is an unlimited amount of immigrant visas available to you, i.e., you will likely not have to wait for an immigrant visa to become available to you.
- Family-Preference Categories: Contrary to the category above, the family preference categories offer a limited amount of immigrant visas. The following are considered family-preference categories:
- Spouses and unmarried children under 21 of legal permanent residents
- Unmarried sons and daughters over 21 of U.S. citizens
- Married sons and daughters of U.S. citizens
- Siblings of U.S. citizens (Brothers and sisters)
- Unmarried adult sons and daughters of legal permanent residents
The first step in starting the family-immigration process is completing the I-130 Petition for Alien Relative application – which qualifies and defines the relationship described.
Eventually, the process continues in the National Visa Center (NVC) which is under the umbrella of the Department of State. Once it leaves the NVC, the case ends at the U.S. Embassy of the particular country, which in turn conducts the final required interview.
It is important to note that before getting to the interview step at the U.S. Embassy in the particular process, the relative will have to have completed a medical examination by a physician/doctor (Often named as a “Panel Physician”) approved by the particular embassy abroad.
If your family has an immigration challenge and you are located in the Boston area, contact Giselle M. Rodriguez today to discuss your situation.