Sample Cases Handled
Business and Corporate
A US citizen or lawful permanent resident may file with the USCIS an immigrant visa petition (Form I-130) for an alien relative to immigrate to the US. The I-130 petition must be supported by proof of the sponsor's relationship to the beneficiary.
If an immigrant visa number is available to the beneficiary, he/she may apply for an immigrant visa at the US consulate. If the beneficiary is already in the US, he/she may apply for adjustment of status with the USCIS.
A US citizen may sponsor the following relatives to immigrate to the US:
A lawful permanent resident (LPR) may sponsor the following relatives to immigrate to the US:
Preference System for Immigrant Visa Numbers
Spouses, unmarried children under 21 and parents are considered immediate relatives of the US citizen and need not wait for an immigrant visa number to become available once the I-130 is approved by the USCIS. A preference system is in place to determine the availability of immigrant visas for the remaining categories, namely:
First Preference: Unmarried children of US citizens over 21
Second Preference: Spouses of LPRs
Unmarried children below 21 of the LPR's spouse
Unmarried children of the LPR of any age
Third Preference: Married children of US citizens of any age
Fourth Preference: Brothers and sisters of adult US citizens