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Family-Based Immigrant Visas

Reunification of families is a principal that underlies much of United States immigration law. To realize this goal, the U.S. government grants approximately 500,000 family-based visas every year. The United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) administers the program. The process is confusing because there are many more applicants than available visas, and the government has created a complex quota/priority formula for allocating those visas. Therefore, it is important that you have an attorney to assist you.

Only American citizens and legal permanent residents may sponsor relatives who wish to receive family-based immigrant visas. U.S. citizens may sponsor a spouse, a parent or unmarried children under 21 years of age – who are considered immediate relatives, and their visa applications are not subject to the quota allotments.

The remainder of the people seeking family-based visas are called “preference relatives,” and are placed on a priority list. First preference is given to unmarried children of U.S. citizens who are at least 21 years old. Spouses and children of Lawful Permanent Residents ("green card" holders) are given second priority. Married sons and daughters of U.S. citizens are in the third priority group. The fourth priority group consists of the brothers or sisters of U.S. citizens, provided they are 21 years of age or older. Because an applicant's place in the priority line is determined both by his or her country of origin and the filing date of the petition, it is essential that you have an experienced attorney guide you through this process.

Attorney Sam Alboum has represented numerous individuals who wish to reunite their family here. That is why you, your family or a friend should contact Attorney Sam Alboum, a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association. Sam knows the laws, procedures and regulations of family-based immigrant. Sam speaks fluent German, and also can arrange interpreter services as needed.

If you, a loved one or friend want to reunite with family in the United States, contact Philadelphia Immigration Attorney Sam Alboum at (215) 546-3820, or click here to send Sam an email.