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Family-based Petitions

  • I-130, Petition for Alien Relative

    • This application establishes that a valid family relationship exists between a U.S. citizen or green card holder and a person seeking a green card. A petitioner can be a US Citizen or U.S. Legal Permanent Resident Parent or spouse, U.S. Citizen child over 21 years old, or U.S. Citizen sibling.

  • I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status.

    • A green card gives the holder the right to remain in the United States indefinitely as a permanent resident. However, there are several options for obtaining lawful permanent residence and some methods are more expedient than others.

  • Fiance Visa, I-129F, Petition for Alien Fiancé (K-1)

    • United States (U.S.) citizens can apply for their non-immigrant fiancé to come to the U.S. to join them. If the couple marries within ninety days of their arrival, the holder may continue to stay in the U.S. while the couple applies for lawful permanent resident status.

  •  Non-Immigrant Spousal Visa (K-3)

    • Couples choose this visa when they are already married, a form I-130 has been filed, and the foreign-born spouse (“holder”) would like to join their United States (U.S.) citizen spouse in the U.S. Generally, a K-3 visa is processed faster by the National Visa Center. This visa allows the holder to enter the U.S. legally as a non-immigrant provisionally for two years. Afterwards, the spouse may adjust their status to become a lawful permanent resident at any time.

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