Many families are split up internationally, whether by deportation or by choice. There are many reasons for families to be split up, and sent to different countries, with residency and citizenship often being the main reason. When a family is split up due to residency, generally the first issue on the family members’ minds is to be reunited with the rest of their family. An experienced immigration lawyer in New York can be contacted immediately to find the right solution for to find the right strategy and resolution for this issue.
There are many different types of visas that can be sought when seeking to immigrate to the United States though a family member. Some of the common unlimited family visas include those for the spouses of U.S. citizens (IR-1), as well as those for the unmarried children under 21 years of age (IR-2), orphans adopted abroad (IR-3), orphans to be adopted in the United States (IR-4), as well as the parents of U.S. citizens (IR-5).
Another form of family-based visa is known as “family preference” and is based solely on the specific relatives of lawful permanent residents (LPR) and U.S. citizens. These are limited per year, depending on the type, and are broken down by type of relation. These include the following:
Second Preference: Spouses, minor children, unmarried children. Limited to 114,200.
Third Preference: Married sons and daughters. Limited to 23,400.
Fourth Preference: Siblings, and their spouses and minor children. Limited to 65,000.
Family-based immigration, such as the obtaining of fiancé(e) visas, can be a difficult process without proper legal help or knowledge of the process. When you are trying to bring a family member into the U.S. there will be many legal procedures to go through, as well as many documents to be provided regarding citizenship or lawful permanent residency.
A New York immigration attorney can help with you case by developing a personalized strategy based on you and your family’s conditions. Contact The Law Offices of Gerald Karikari now for a consultation regarding family-based immigration.