Understanding Your Family-Based Immigration Options
Family-based immigration is one of the most common paths to a green card (technically called lawful permanent residence). It can also pave the way to eventual U.S. citizenship. Immigrating through a family member can be a complicated process, however. There are strict eligibility requirements, potential legal hurdles and, depending on the family relationship, the possibility of a lengthy wait time. Missteps can set you back significantly.
At Immigration Law Group of Florida, P.A., our attorneys are passionate about helping families reunite or stay together through family-based immigration. We focus 100 percent on immigration law and draw on more than 30 years of combined experience in this field. From our office in St. Petersburg, we handle immigration cases throughout the Tampa Bay area and around the world.
What To Expect With The Family-Based Immigration Process
Family-based immigration is a wide umbrella that covers several different types of immigrant visas. Our attorneys can guide you through any type of family immigration case, including:
- Fiancé visas and marriage-based green cards
- Family petitions involving qualifying relatives or immediate relatives
- Widow petitions
- Removal of conditions from a conditional marriage-based green card
There are generally two processes for pursuing a family-based green card:
- Consular processing involves returning or staying in your home country to pursue a green card through the U.S. Consulate or Embassy.
- Adjustment of status allows you to remain in the United States while pursuing your green card here.
For people who are already in the United States, with or without a current immigration status, adjustment of status is often preferable. It doesn’t involve travel and allows you to remain here, with your family, for the time it will take for the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) to process your application.
However, not everyone is eligible for adjustment of status. Our attorneys can review your situation and walk you through your options. Our goal is to leverage the right legal options to help you get lawful immigration status in as smooth and swift a manner as possible.
Work With Loyal And Dedicated Immigration Advocates
We would welcome the opportunity to help you or your family member pursue a green card in the U.S. Here, you will find loyal and dedicated advocates who are truly committed to your success. Our attorneys are multilingual in English, Spanish and French. You can rely on us to explain your options and the process in a way that makes sense to you.