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Family Based Permanent Residency

Family-Based Sponsorship for U.S. Permanent Residency

Helping Loved Ones Immigrate to the U.S.

We are committed to helping U.S. citizens and permanent residents bring family members to this country and can help U.S. citizens or permanent residents who wish to sponsor a parent, spouse, fiancé or fiancée, son or daughter, brother, or sister for U.S permanent residence.

Examples of the kinds of family immigration situations we handle include:

  • Permanent residence (green card) for immediate relatives, including:

    • Noncitizen spouse

    • Minor children born outside of the United States

    • Parents

  • Permanent residence for preference category family members –

    • Adult children of U.S. citizens

    • Immediate relatives of U.S. lawful permanent residents

    • Brothers and Sisters of U.S. citizens

    • ​Fiancé or fiancée visas

    • Adjustment of status

    • Consular processing

    • Family-based waivers of inadmissibility

U.S. citizens may sponsor their spouses, unmarried children under the age of 21 years old, and parents as “immediate relatives” for lawful permanent residency.  There is no cap (limit) on the number of immigrant visas that may be issued to immediate family members, and so these sponsored family members do not need wait to apply for their U.S. immigrant (permanent resident) visas.  U.S. lawful permanent residents (“green card” holders) may also sponsor their spouses, and unmarried children of any age for lawful permanent residency, but their spouses and children under the age of 21 are not categorized as “immediate relatives” under the immigration code. Further, unlike U.S. citizens, U.S. lawful permanent residents cannot sponsor their parents.  U.S. citizens can also sponsor their married children , as well as their siblings (and the sibling’s immediate family members) for U.S. lawful permanent residency. However, these family members are not considered "immediate relatives." Except for immediate family members, family-based immigrants are divided into "preference" categories, and if an immigrant visa is not available in a sponsored family members,  immigrant visa preference category when their family-based petition is approved, the family member must wait for an immigrant visa to become available in their visa preference category.  

The reason why an immigrant visa may not be available in a particular immigrant visa preference category is because the number of immigrant visas available each year is limited,  and the demand in each category almost always exceeds the number of visas available.  


At Jazayerli Law, we explain each process carefully so that our clients know just what to expect: length of time, visa bulletins, priority dates, petition requirements, visa applications, the affidavit of support, evidence and documentation requirements, the interview process, and so much more. We provide straightforward and timely answers to our clients’ questions while giving them the information they need to make informed choices about their family.

If you have a family member whom you would like to sponsor for U.S. lawful permanent residency, or would like to learn more, please contact us to set up a consultation.

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