Family Based Immigration

Much of our work for family clients involves achieving entry, maintaining status, adjusting status, changing status, and finding the fastest and most effective ways to meet immediate or ongoing immigration objectives

One method of adjusting status and obtaining lawful permanent residency is through a qualifying relative who is either a United States citizen or a lawful permanent resident. United States citizens and lawful permanent residents can help their qualifying foreign relatives in petitioning for lawful permanent residency in the United States and eventually even citizenship. There are different categories family-based immigration. The category a foreign national falls into depend upon two factors:

  1. whether the petitioning relative is a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident;

  2. the foreign national relationship to the petitioning relative.

There are two categories of unlimited family-based immigration: immediate relatives of United States citizens or an immediate relative of a lawful permanent resident. An immediate relative can be a spouse of a United States citizen, widow of a United States citizen, unmarried child under the age of 21 of a United States citizen, or a parent of an adult United States citizen.  Whether the foreign national immediate relative is in the United States after being admitted and inspected, entered the United States without inspection or lives abroad, we, at Reiner & Pleva, PLLC can offer solutions to unite or keep your family in tact.

There are four preference categories for limited family-based immigration. The first preference category consists of unmarried children of United States citizens who are over the age of 21. The second preference is divided into “2A” and “2B”. Spouses of lawful permanent residents as well as their unmarried children under the age of 21 fall into the “2A” category whereas unmarried sons and daughters of lawful permanent residents who are over the age of 21 fall into “2B” category. The third preference consists of married children of United States citizens. The fourth preference category consists of siblings of adult United States citizens.

We, at Reiner & Pleva, PLLC want to help you to understand your immigration rights and to assist you with petitioning for your family

Initial Consultation

We can answer many of your immigration questions in an initial consultation either by phone or in person.

We will help you assess your situation, identify the immigration issues, and provide information you need to make an informed decision.