Family Based Petitions

Get Professional Help with Your Green Card Petition: Our Immigration Attorneys Can Assist You in the Family Sponsorship Process

Family-based immigration allows U.S. citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents (LPRs) to bring their family members to the United States, helping to reunite loved ones and keep families together. At Glenn Immigration, we understand the importance of family and are committed to helping our clients navigate the family-based petition (sponsorship) process.

There are two types of family-based petitions:

Immediate Relative (IR) Immigrant Visas:

Immediate relatives of U.S. citizens are eligible for IR immigrant visas. There is no limit to the number of IR immigrant visas that can be issued each year.

For Immediate Relative Immigrant Visas, the relationship must meet specific criteria, such as:

  • Spouse: Marriage must be valid and recognized as legal in the place where it took place.
  • Children: The children must be under 21 years of age and unmarried.
  • Parents: The petitioner must be a U.S. citizen, and the intending immigrant must be their parent.

Family Preference Immigrant Visas:

Family Preference Immigrant Visas are available to more distant family members of U.S. citizens and Green Card holders, including:

  • First Preference (F1): Unmarried adult children (over 21) of U.S. citizens.
  • Second Preference (F2): Spouses, minor children, and unmarried adult children (over 21) of LPRs.
  • Third Preference (F3): Married adult children of U.S. citizens.
  • Fourth Preference (F4): Siblings of adult U.S. citizens.

The number of Family Preference Immigrant Visas available each year is limited, and the demand often exceeds the supply, resulting in lengthy waiting times.

To be eligible for family-based sponsorship, the U.S. citizen or LPR petitioner must be able to demonstrate the relationship between themselves and the intending immigrant. For Family Preference Immigrant Visas, the petitioner and intending immigrant must be in the correct family relationship category, and the petitioner must meet certain income and support requirements.

At Glenn Immigration, we understand the complexities of family-based immigration and can help you determine your eligibility for sponsorship. We will guide you through the process, ensure that all forms are completed correctly, and work with you to gather all necessary supporting documents.

If you are interested in sponsoring a family member for immigration to the United States, or if you have any questions about the family-based petition process, please contact us to schedule a consultation with our family immigration attorney.