San Jose Family Immigration Lawyer Striving to Keep Families Together During the Immigration Process
For people in other countries, the United States represents the American dream—a better life, more opportunity, and freedom. According to World Population Review, the United States is home to nearly 50 million immigrants, and the number of immigrants living here has increased by 400 percent since the 1960s.
However, the journey to the United States can be challenging. It’s no secret that the legal immigration system has long been broken and needs to improve. Sadri Law, PC, and our legal immigration services help families and individuals pursue the American dream that often feels out of reach.
Clients turn to Sadri Law, PC, for assistance with visas, work permits, permanent residence, and citizenship. We ensure immigrants avoid common errors that often jeopardize their chances of obtaining approvals from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
Schedule case evaluation with an experienced family immigration lawyer to learn more: 408-402-4967.
What is a Family-Based Petition?
Family members, close and distant, can immigrate to the United States with the help of a permanent resident, such as a parent, child, or spouse, and a family-based petition. It allows U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents (LPRs) to sponsor immediate relatives and family members, from children to spouses and siblings.
There are two family-based categories: immediate relatives and family preference.
Immediate relatives include a spouse and minor children under 21 years of age. Family preference involves more distant family members, and there are four preference categories:
- First: (F1) Unmarried Sons and Daughters of U.S. Citizens: 23,400 plus any numbers not required for fourth preference.
- Second: Spouses and Children, and Unmarried Sons and Daughters of Permanent Residents: 114,200, plus the number (if any) by which the worldwide family preference level exceeds 226,000, plus any unused first preference numbers:
- A. (F2A) Spouses and Children of Permanent Residents: 77% of the overall second preference limitation, of which 75% are exempt from the per-country limit;
- B. (F2B) Unmarried Sons and Daughters (21 years of age or older) of Permanent Residents: 23% of the overall second preference limitation.
- Third: (F3) Married Sons and Daughters of U.S. Citizens: 23,400, plus any numbers not required by first and second preferences.
- Fourth: (F4) Brothers and Sisters of Adult U.S. Citizens: 65,000, plus any numbers not required by first three preferences.
How Does Family-Based Immigration Work?
Staying together is important for many families, and family immigration is often how many people come to the United States. Under current immigration law, family immigration allows U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents to sponsor certain family members for immigrant visas or “green cards.”
This gives people permanent residence while they pursue permanent U.S. citizenship. Family visas account for nearly 65 percent of legal immigration annually, per the National Immigration Forum.
An immigrant typically sponsors more than three relatives, including spouses and children.
The immigration process and navigating immigration law can be intimidating. However, an experienced immigration attorney with Sadri Law, PC, will ensure you take all the proper steps to speed up the process.
What Challenges Do Immigrant Families Face?
The immigration system is designed to keep families together, but green card backlogs and other issues keep them apart.
Green card backlogs include millions of people sponsored by U.S. citizens and permanent residents, like spouses, children, or other family members, waiting to be reunited with family.
Many green card holders miss out on family members’ significant life events and other milestones because of backlog issues. The goal of our immigration lawyer is to reunite our clients with their families as quickly as possible.
Please contact us if your family is strained due to backlog issues.
How Can a Family Immigration Lawyer Help My Family and Me?
Family-based immigration positively impacts local communities and the country, but it is no easy journey alone. It can take years to attain U.S. citizenship, and it often keeps families apart longer than expected.
Sadri Law, PC is keenly aware of the issues immigrants face, and we aim to remove obstacles from the immigration process to save our clients time, money, and stress. More specifically, we:
- Facilitate the application process to ensure accurate information
- Review applications and oversee documentation to prevent denials
- Offer consultation regarding immigrant rights, immigration law, and the overall process
Immigration applications are costly, complex, and time-consuming. Our attorneys are efficient and experienced in handling any immigration issue you face. Schedule case evaluation with our firm to discuss your possible immigration case: 408-402-4967.