By Julie Sparks in Citizenship & Naturalization | on 2023-04-28 20:56:22
U.S. immigration law allows United States citizens and green card holders to petition the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to give their relatives green cards based on their family relationships.
At J. Sparks Law, we have experienced family immigration lawyers who help clients in the Austin area successfully navigate the complex U.S. immigration process to obtain family-based green cards.
The immigration process you must go through to obtain a family-based green card and the time it takes to get one depends on the category your application is filed under. There are two broad family-based immigration categories under which most family members apply for green cards, and these are the “immediate relatives” and “family preference” categories.
Someone is an immediate relative of a United States citizen if they are in any of the following family relationships with a U.S. citizen:
If any of these relationships exist, then they can apply for a green card, and the application will be processed much faster than anyone who applies for a green card under any of the other family categories or other avenues of applying to become a green card holder.
A family member of a U.S. citizen who is not an immediate relative as described above or who is a relative of green card holders is eligible to apply for a green card if they fall in any of the following preference categories:
A U.S. citizen or green card holder must first file a petition with USCIS for their qualifying family member. If the family member is an immediate relative, the petition can be filed together with an application for a green card for the immediate relative.
At J. Sparks Law, we help U.S. citizens and green card holders seamlessly navigate the complex immigration process for obtaining green cards for their relatives. This includes making sure all the necessary petitions, applications, and supporting documents are properly filed with USCIS.
If you are applying for a family-based green card for yourself or for a family member, contact J. Sparks Law today to schedule your initial consultation to discuss your situation and the way forward. Do not risk the unnecessary delay or denial of your application by trying to handle the process yourself.
Julie Sparks is Board-certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in Immigration and Nationality Law, one of a few such attorneys in Texas. After 15 years of practice in this field, she has represented immigrants from more than 70 countries.
Ms. Sparks is a member of the Texas Bar Association and the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). Julie has also been a featured speaker at Southwestern Law School and at the national 2015 AILA Fundamentals Conference.