For the many Miami residents who are immigrants to the U.S., immigration is a major issue. Most immigrants come to the U.S. in search of a better life and want to keep their family together. And, there are several different family visas that may be available for an immigrant.
An Immediate Relative visa are visas given to those who are an immediate relative to a citizen. These may include spouses, children under the age of 21 and parents of a citizen who is at least 21-years-old. The number of immigrants in this category is not limited each year.
The other family visa is the Family Preference Immigrant Visas. These are reserved for more distant family members. First preference is unmarried sons and daughters of citizens and their minor children. Second preference are spouses, minor children and unmarried sons and daughters of Lawful Permanent Residents. Third preference are married sons and daughters of citizens and their spouses. Fourth preference are brothers and sisters and their spouses and minor children. These visas have a limit each year, and there is often a waiting period of several years.
Those who would like to sponsor a relative to come to the U.S. may want to speak with an attorney who specializes in immigration. An attorney can help their client file a petition for their relative and advise them on all the steps they will need to take. An attorney understands how important it is for their client to have their family with them in the U.S. and will help them with the complicated journey it can entail.
Many immigrants come to the U.S. for a better life. But, they also find it important to take their families with them as well. The family visa process can be complicated, but an attorney can help make sure the process is well-understood.