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Who Qualifies for a Family-Based Visa?

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It’s the goal of many U.S. citizens and green card holders to reunite with the loved ones in their country of origin. Thankfully, U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents can reunite themselves with their families by helping them obtain a green card. Our Orange County immigration lawyers explain what your family member needs to qualify for a family-based visa in the United States.

Qualifications for a Family-Based Visa

Immediate family members are the first preference for a family-based visa. You can help them become a lawful permanent resident if they meet certain requirements, including:

  • They are the spouse of a U.S. citizen
  • They are an unmarried child under 21 years of age of a U.S. citizen
  • They are the parent of a U.S. citizen that is 21 years of age or older

If your loved one isn’t an immediate family member, they must be one of the following family preferences to qualify:

  • Second preference (F2A) - They must be the spouse or child (unmarried and under 21 years of age) of a lawful permanent resident
  • Second preference (F2B) - They must be the unmarried sons or daughters (21 years of age and older) of lawful permanent residents
  • Third preference (F3) - They must be the married sons and daughters of U.S. citizens
  • Fourth preference (F4) - They must be the brothers and sisters of U.S. citizens (if the U.S. citizen is 21 years of age and older)

Call Our Orange County Immigration Attorneys

If you want to sponsor your loved one for a family-based visa, our team at Yekrangi & Associates is here to help you. Our compassionate immigration firm is committed to providing strategic and dedicated advocacy for those who wish to live and work in this great nation. We can help you with your case from beginning to end.

Get in touch with our Orange County immigration lawyers today at (949) 478-4963 to schedule a consultation!

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