Family Based Immigration

Phoenix Family-Based Immigration Lawyer

Empathetic Legal Support from an Immigrant Attorney

Are you looking to apply for a family-based immigrant visa? The process can feel overwhelming or confusing when you are trying to navigate it alone. Let an experienced attorney who has personally gone through the immigration process help you apply for your relatives to join you. Essien Law Group is an immigration law firm run by an immigrant for immigrants. We will work vigorously on your case to find a solution for your immigration issue and reunite your family in the United States.

Schedule a free initial consultation with Essien Law Group to get started today. Advocating for immigrants in Maricopa County and across Arizona.



Family Immigration Visas

The purpose of family-based immigration is to aid the reunification of temporarily divided families. So, under the federal immigration laws, United States citizens (USC) or Lawful Permanent Residents (LPR) who are 21 years or older can petition for family members abroad to come to the United States. US citizens and LPR petitioners residing in the US should file Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative, with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). From there, it is up to the USCIS to approve the case before you can proceed.

There are two categories of family-based immigrant visas (IVs):

  • Immediate relative – visas for close family members of US citizens, such as a spouse, child, or parent
  • Family preference – visas for specific, more distant family members of a US citizen of LPR

Immigrant visas for immediate relatives are not limited each fiscal year, while family preference immigrant visas do have a numerical limit of how many can be issued each year.

Five Preferences for Family-Based Immigration

The preference categories for family-based immigration are:

  1. Unmarried sons and daughters of US citizens.
  2. Relatives of green card holders (child or spouse).
  3. Unmarried sons or daughters of green card holders.
  4. Married sons or daughters of a US citizen.
  5. Brothers or sisters of a US citizen.

US citizens can apply for visas for any of the above relatives (spouses, children, parents, or siblings), while LPRs can only file an immigrant visa petition for their spouse or unmarried children younger than 21 years old.

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Fiancé Visas

Visas for someone engaged to a US citizen or LPR are handled under a different nonimmigrant visa category known as the “fiancé visa.” If you are interested in bringing your fiancé to the US, you can file a Fiancé Petition and then apply for a visa with the US consulate in your fiancé’s home country. You must then marry within 90 days of your fiancé coming to the US and file a Petition and Application for a permanent visa together.

Essien Law Group can provide more specific information about your family-based visa petition, whether you intend to sponsor your spouse or another relative. Our firm is led by an attorney who is an immigrant herself and has had to personally go through the litigation process for her mother. As a result, you can trust that we have your best interests in mind and can empathize with your situation.


Let an immigrant lawyer help you file a petition for your family member to join you in the US. Contact Essien Law Group to get started in a free consultation.


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