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Understanding how family-based immigration visas work

Posted by Saul Steinberg | Mar 26, 2019 | 0 Comments

Immigration is a complex and sensitive legal matter for many, and it can be especially complex if you are trying to figure how to reunite your family and get the right kind of visa. There are two categories of family-based immigration visas. You will find it beneficial to understand your options under United States immigration law and how to proceed with the application process.

New Jersey families walking through legal proceedings related to immigration concerns or simply trying to complete the right visa application do not have to face these matters alone. Due to the complexity and ever-changing nature of immigration laws, there is significant benefit in securing appropriate legal guidance at the very beginning of the process. With guidance, you may be able to accomplish your immigration goals with minimal complications and setbacks.

Which is the right visa for you?

One of the most important steps in the visa application process is determining which is the right option for you. The right type of visa depends on your specific situation and which family members are trying to come to the United States. The two types of family-based immigration visas include:

  • Family Preference Immigrant Visas – This visa is for a specific type of distant relative who has a specific familial relationship with a U.S. citizen. There are limited numbers of these visas given each year, and there are different tiers that determine preference, depending on the family relationship.
  • Immediate Relative Immigrant Visas – This visa is appropriate for an immediate family member of a U.S. citizen. This includes children, spouses, parents and others. There is no limit on the number of these visas given each year.

This information will give you just a basic understanding of family-based immigration. Before you move forward or initiate the application process, you will want to have all the information you need to make smart decisions for yourself and your loved ones.

Your family's future 

When it comes to family immigration concerns, you will want to have the experienced guidance of an attorney who can help you understand the law and your rights. A complete evaluation of your case is a smart first step, and during this process, you can also gain a better understanding of the visa application process and what to expect.

Your family's future may depend on your success with visa application process. There is a lot on the line, but you can have qualified guidance from the very beginning.

About the Author

Saul Steinberg

Saul J. Steinberg was born and raised in Camden, NJ. He has practiced in Camden County since first being admitted to the bar. Since 1990, he has also handled cases in Southeastern Pennsylvania.The emphasis of Saul's practice is in Criminal and Civil litigation. He has handled major criminal and c...


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