Family-Sponsored Visa Petition Services
Under the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), citizens and lawful permanent residents can submit visa petitions for various qualifying family-members. The INA makes a distinction between “immediate relatives” and other family relationships.
“Immediate Relative” visa petitions
Under the §201(b)(2) of the INA, “immediate relatives” are defined as follows:
- Spouses of US Citizens;
- Unmarried children under age 21 of US Citizens; and
- Parents of US Citizens (if the citizen is older than 21).
The difference between “immediate relative” visa petitions and those submitted under the other family-sponsored visa categories is that visas are available immediately for qualifying “immediate relatives.” Residence status acquired through marriage is usually conditional for 2 years.
Other family-sponsored visa petitions
Unlike the immediate-relative category, the issuance of visas in the other family-sponsored categories are subject to an annual numerical limitation. The other family-sponsored preference categories under INA §§202-204 are:
- Unmarried Sons and Daughters of U.S. Citizens (F1)
- Spouses (F2A) and Unmarried Sons and Daughters of Permanent Resident Noncitizens (F2B)
- Married Sons and Daughters of US Citizens (F3)
- Brothers and Sisters of U.S. Adult Citizens (F4)
Click here to see the most current visa bulletin. The visa bulletin lists the respective priority dates for the various family-sponsored visa categories and is updated monthly.
When submitting an immigrant visa petition pursuant to the family-sponsored categories, it is important to ensure the petition is properly prepared with all required supporting documentation. Submitting a family-sponsored immigrant visa petition requires meticulous attention and should be prepared with careful attention to detail. The attorneys at Randhawa Hundal LLP provide such attention. We will ensure your family-sponsored immigrant visa petition is handled with the attention it deserves.
Call Randhawa Hundal LLP today to speak with an attorney regarding your immediate relative or other family-sponsored visa petition. The firm is located in Roseville, CA. We offer assistance with family-based and employment-based immigration matters. We also offer assistance with adjustment of status (green card) and naturalization applications. We offer competitive rates and a quick turnaround time. We have great reviews and pride ourselves on providing our clients with the highest quality of service.