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Hammond Family-Based Immigration Attorneys

Hammond Family-Based Immigration Attorneys

Hammond Family-Based Immigration Attorneys

Whether you are a citizen or legal permanent resident of the United States, you may have the opportunity to petition the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to grant a visa to certain members of your family who are living abroad. The process of applying for and obtaining the proper visa for your situation can be complicated and confusing, but you should know that the family-based immigration lawyers at the Hammond, Illinois law office of Lopez & Sanchez are here to help.

Our skilled attorneys have assisted many clients and their families obtain the documents they need to lawfully live together in the U.S. We offer free consultations, so please do not wait to discuss your situation with our legal team today.

Family-Based Visas in the U.S.

The type of visa for which you must apply will depend on certain factors including your immigration status (U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident) and the relation between you and your family member. The following are the two categories of family-based visas available from USCIS:

  • Immediate relative visas – Only U.S. citizens can petition to sponsor family members for an immediate relative visa. In addition, the relative must be a spouse, a child who is under 21 and unmarried, an adopted orphan, or a parent.
  • Family preference visas – If you are a U.S. citizen, you can sponsor your married children and siblings, as well as their minor children and spouses, for family preference visas. If you are a legal permanent resident, you can petition for this type of visa for your spouse and minor children who are not married.

Issues That May Arise In Family-Based Immigration Cases

After we identify the right type of family-based visa for your situation, our attorneys will then help you through the application process, which can be complicated. An application must meet many requirements and must be accompanied by all necessary documents to be considered as soon as possible by USCIS. Any errors or omissions can result in additional delays in being granted a visa.

While there are an unlimited number of immediate relative visas available, there are only a certain number of family preference visas that may be issued each year. Therefore, you should start this process as soon as you can as there may be a waiting period. Another potential complication in the process may arise if your relative is deemed inadmissible due to past conduct or other factors. We can assist in obtaining a waiver whenever possible.

Find Out How a Hammond, Illinois Immigration Attorney Can Help You

Being separated from your loved ones due to immigration issues can be difficult. Our family-based immigration lawyers are dedicated to helping you unite your family so that you can thrive together in the U.S. We provide personalized representation and work closely with you to address any issues that may arise in your case. If you would like more information about how we can help your family member obtain a visa, please contact Lopez & Sanchez for a free consultation today.

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