Family Visas

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When you enjoy the benefits of United States citizenship or lawful permanent residency, it is only natural that you should want to extend those advantages to your loved ones. U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents both have the ability to sponsor certain types of family members for green cards. However, the United States immigration system can be extremely overwhelming and difficult to navigate.

Reuniting your family in the U.S. can be a complex, time-consuming, and arduous process. Our Orlando family visa lawyers at Angel Law Firm, PL can work to get your loved ones the visas they need as efficiently as possible. We have an extensive knowledge of how to effectively navigate the U.S. immigration system and will do everything possible to help you and your family achieve your American dream.

Contact us online or call (407) 337-8799 to explore your family immigration options. We offer our legal services in English and Spanish.

The Difference Between Immediate Relatives and Family Preference Relatives

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) organizes family visas into 2 categories. Whether your loved one is considered an “immediate relative” or a “family preference relative” will depend on your status and impact the timeline of obtaining their visa.

Immediate relative visas are reserved for certain family members of current United States citizens. A citizen can sponsor their spouse, parents if the citizen is at least 21 years old, any unmarried children under the age of 21, and any adopted children.

There are no limits on the amount of immediate relative visas issued. This means you will experience no additional waiting period after your visa petition has been processed and cleared by USCIS. Access to immediate relative sponsorships is a major advantage to permanent U.S. citizenship, as loved ones sponsored as immediate relatives will consequently almost always receive their visas faster than those of family preference relatives.

Family preference visas are open to both U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents. However, only a limited amount of family preference visas is issued each year, meaning your loved one will likely need to endure an additional waiting period until a visa slot becomes available. The waiting period can last multiple years if the backlog is especially large.

Note that lawful permanent residents can only sponsor their spouses, unmarried children under the age of 21, and adopted children. If they wish to sponsor their parents, siblings, or adult children, they will need to wait until they are U.S. citizens.

Additionally, there are limitations on what types of family members can be sponsored, even if you are a U.S. citizen. Aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents, and grandchildren cannot be directly sponsored by a citizen or lawful permanent resident.

The Family Visa Application Process

Once you have determined that the relative you wish to sponsor falls into one of the above categories, you will need to fill out Form I-130, the Petition for Alien Relative, and submit it to USCIS. This form will establish the legitimacy of the familial relationship.

If you are sponsoring an immediate relative, you will only have to wait for USCIS to approve the petition before proceeding with the green card application. Should you be sponsoring a family relative, you will need to wait for USCIS approval and for a visa number to become available.

What comes next depends on where your family member is located. If they are located outside the United States, they will apply for their green card through consular processing via their country’s U.S. embassy or consular office. If your family member happens to already be in the U.S. on a nonimmigrant visa, they may be able to instead procure their green card through an adjustment of status.

Our Orlando family visa attorneys can guide you through the application process, represent you in communications, as well as your interview with USCIS, and ensure your family members meet all requirements. We can work to save you crucial time by avoiding common mistakes and resolving seemingly stalled petitions.

Benefits of Family Visas

Family visas facilitate the unification of loved ones spread across multiple countries. Receiving a family visa also means you now have a green card, which confers lawful permanent residency in the United States.

If you received your green card through a sponsoring spouse, you may need to “remove conditions” 2 years after it has been issued in order to renew your status. For all other familial sponsorships, your green card will be valid for 10-year increments and can typically be easily renewed indefinitely.

A family-based green card entitles you to the following benefits:

  • Indefinite ability to live and work in the United States
  • Ability to sponsor certain family preference relatives
  • Ability to pursue U.S. citizenships after a 3-5 waiting period
  • Additional ease and freedom to travel in and out of the country

Our Orlando family visa lawyers at Angel Law Firm, PL understand the value of keeping families together. We can work with your loved ones to complete the necessary documentation and guide you through any potential obstacles you may face throughout the process.


If you are looking to sponsor a loved one for a family visa, call (407) 337-8799 or contact us online to learn more about how we can help.


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