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Understanding family-based immigration

On Behalf of | Feb 21, 2020 | Family Immigration

It is easier to keep and maintain family bonds when members are able to stay together. The United States recognizes the importance of familial relationships. One of the U.S. laws that allow you to bring your family to the country is family-based immigration.

Under this type of immigration, you may be able to immigrate with either of two types of visas. There are requirements that you must meet to be eligible for a family-based immigration visa. Before choosing to immigrate this way, you may wish to explore all your legal options.

Process and documentation guidance

Immigration law can be complex, and there is often much at stake in every case. It is important to analyze your situation and have someone who understands the immigration process guide you through all available options, including what to expect during the process and what sort of documentation you need.

The factors that make up most cases include the relationship between the parties involved, your country of origin, your residency status and whether you have documentation.

Types of visas

There are two types of family-based visas to choose from. According to the Department of State, the two types of family-based visas you may be able to choose from include an immediate relative immigrant visa and a family preference visa. For an immediate relative visa, you must have a close relationship with a US citizen; he or she may be your child, spouse or parent.

The family preference visa lets people having distant relationships with US citizens to immigrate. However, the immigration department limits this type.