FAMILY-BASED IMMIGRATION

Mike has successfully led numerous clients through the process to sponsor a family member for permanent residency. Check out the visa types below to see if you or a loved-one may qualify for a family-based green card.

Chat online with us today about your family-based immigration needs. You can also fill out our Online Immigration Questionnaire at the bottom of the page or call us at (206) 447-1560.

Immediate Relatives

IR-1, IR-2, IR-3, IR-4, IR-5, IH-3, IH-4, CR-1, and CR-2 visas are available for immediate relatives of US citizens including 

SPOUSES

UNMARRIED CHILDREN UNDER AGE 21

ADOPTED ORPHANS FROM ABROAD

PARENTS

 

To apply for these visa categories, the applicant should file Form I-130 and all corresponding documents with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services. Visas in this category are immediately available, meaning they are not subject to the number per year limitations for more distant relatives of US citizens and Legal Permanent Residents. Expect about one year for final travel approval for your immediate family member abroad. If your immediate family member is in the United States on a valid visa, the time may be shortened to around six months.

If your immediate family member is in the United States without lawful status, contact us about a possible forgiveness application based on extreme hardship in the event of the immediate family member's deportation. Forgiveness applications cannot be submitted for parents in the United States without legal status.

Fiancé(e)

K-1/K-2 visas are available for the fiancé(e) of US citizens and their minor children. The purpose of this visa is to allow the foreign national fiancé(e) (and their minor children) to travel to the United States to marry the US citizen within three months and submit an application for a Green Card. The applicant should file Form I-129F and all corresponding documents with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services. Legal Permanent Residents cannot apply for fiancé(e) visas. Expect about one year for final travel approval for your fiancé(e) abroad.

Non-Immediate Relatives

F-1, F-2, F-3, and F-4 visas are available for more distant relatives of US citizens and Legal Permanent Residents including

CHILDREN OVER 21 AND THEIR MINOR DEPENDENTS

MARRIED CHILDREN

SIBLINGS

 

To apply for these visa categories, the applicant should file Form I-130 and all corresponding documents with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services. Visas in this category are not available, meaning they are subject to a number-per-year limitation. Expect lengthy waits for final travel approval of your more distant relatives abroad. Check the most recent Visa Bulletin for current processing times.