Family Based Immigration
Immigrant visas to the United States are typically processed at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in the country where the foreign national applicant resides.
A foreign national seeking to live permanently in the United States requires an immigrant visa (IV). To be eligible to apply for an IV, a foreign national must be sponsored by an immediate relative who is at least 21 years of age and is either a U.S. citizen or U.S. Lawful Permanent Resident (that is, a green-card holder).
There are two types of family-based immigrant visas:
Immediate Relative – these visas are based on a close family relationship with a U.S. citizen, such as a spouse, child or parent. The number of immigrants in these categories is not limited each fiscal year.
Family Preference – these visas are for specific, more distant, family relationships with a U.S. citizen and some specified relationships with a Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR). The number of immigrants in these categories is limited each fiscal year.
Keep in mind that U.S. citizens can file an immigrant visa petition for their:
• Son or daughter
• Brother or sister
U.S. Lawful Permanent Residents can only file an immigrant visa petition for their:
• Unmarried son or daughter
Please keep in mind that the steps you must take to apply for an immigrant visa to the U.S. will vary depending on your individual situation. If you would more information about our immigrant visa services, or if you would like to begin the process, please click the button below to get started.