At Duque Immigration Law, PLLC, we understand the importance of keeping families together, and we know that the opportunity to live in the United States alongside your loved ones is a dream that many aspire to achieve. Family-Based Permanent Residency is a pathway that can turn this dream into reality.

What Is Family-Based Permanent Residency?

Permanent Residency, also known as a green card, grants the right to live and work permanently in the United States. One of the most common ways to obtain permanent residency is through family ties. This means that a U.S. citizen or permanent resident can sponsor certain family members to obtain a green card.

Who Can Sponsor Family Members?

U.S. citizens have the ability to sponsor the following family members:

  • Spouse.
  • Unmarried children under 21 years old.
  • Married or unmarried children over 21 years old.
  • Parents (if the sponsor is over 21 years old).

Permanent residents (green card holders) can sponsor:

  • Spouse.
  • Unmarried children.

The Family-Based Permanent Residency Application Process

The application process for family-based permanent residency involves several stages:

  1. Sponsorship: The U.S. citizen or permanent resident must file a petition on behalf of the family member they wish to sponsor. This process varies depending on the family relationship.
  2. Immigrant Visa: Once the petition is approved, the sponsored family member must wait for an immigrant visa to be assigned.
  3. Adjustment of Status or Consular Processing: Depending on the applicant’s situation, they will complete an adjustment of status if they are already in the United States or consular processing if they are in their home country.
  4. Consular Interview (if applicable): Some applicants will be required to attend a consular interview at a U.S. embassy or consulate.
  5. Receipt of the Green Card: Once the application is approved, the applicant will receive their green card, granting them permanent resident status.

Benefits of Family-Based Permanent Residency

Obtaining family-based permanent residency offers a range of benefits, including:

  • The right to live and work permanently in the United States.
  • Access to federal benefits and programs, such as Medicaid healthcare and the opportunity to apply for citizenship.
  • The ability to sponsor other family members for permanent residency.
  • The option to work for any employer and change jobs without restrictions.

Legal Guidance at Duque Immigration Law, PLLC

The family-based permanent residency application process can be complex and is subject to changes in immigration laws. At Duque Immigration Law, PLLC, we have a team of highly experienced immigration attorneys who can guide you through each step of the process and provide the legal support you need to achieve your family reunification goals in the United States.

Our mission is to assist families in building a united future in the United States. If you are interested in applying for family-based permanent residency, do not hesitate to contact us. We are here to help you pursue your dreams of a better life with your loved ones in the United States.

Contact us today and take the first step toward a united future in the United States!