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        You deserve to enjoy your life and not worry that your life you’ve worked so hard to build in this country could be taken from you. 
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        Buffalo, NY Family Based Immigration Lawyer

        Whether you are trying to enter the country temporarily or permanently, you are likely searching for ways to do so in a legal manner that won’t put you at risk of being deported. Our Buffalo, NY family based immigration lawyer is here to help you through whatever immigration needs you are looking for help with. Please call us today to set up a consultation to get started right away.

        Obtaining Lawful Permanent Residency

        If you are looking to lawfully reside in the United States permanently, one way to do so is through someone who you are related to that qualifies and is either a permanent resident or a citizen of the United States. Either way, they can help you petition to get permanent residency in the United States, which can eventually lead to you becoming a citizen. With family-based immigration, there are different categories. What category you are going to be in depends on the following factors:

        • Whether your relative that is petitioning is a citizen in the US or a legal resident
        • What your relation to the petitioner is

        There are two types of unlimited family-based immigration. The first is if you are an immediate relative of a citizen of the United States or permanent resident here. If you are an immediate relative, that might mean you were married to someone who is a citizen of the United States or can mean you a widower of a US citizen, you have an unmarried child who is under the age of 21 who is a US citizen, or you are the parent of an adult US citizen. If you are returning to this country you will be considered a returning resident, if you’ve lived in the United States in the past and had legal permanent resident status and you have been abroad for over a year.

        There are four categories for limited family-based immigration. The first one is unmarried children of US citizens over the age of 21. The next one is divided into two subsections: one, spouses of legal permanent residence or unmarried children under the age of 21 and two, the second one are unmarried children of legal permanent residence who are over the age of 21. The third group are married children of US citizens and the fourth one is siblings of adult US citizens.

        You need to have at least two family members participate in family-based immigration. Those people are the petitioner and the beneficiary. The petitioner has to be a US citizen or a legal permanent resident who is going to sponsor a family member who lives out of the country for a green card. The beneficiary is the family member who lives out of the United States and wants the green card. In some cases there are derivative beneficiaries such as spouses and children who are attached to the person who is the original beneficiary.

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        Family Preference and Immediate Family

        If you are going to go through family-based immigration, it’s going to end up in one of the two categories: immediate relatives or family preference. If you are a spouse, a parent or a child who is unmarried and under the age of 21 and you have a US citizen relative, you would be an immediate relative. In the United States, every single year, there are an unlimited number of these immigrant visas available for the immediate relatives of United States citizens. Any other relationships are considered family preferences. These immigrant visas are limited every year because the law puts a cap on how many green cards can be issued to family preference category immigrants. There are usually long lists for waiting and backlog for family preferences.

        Applying for a Green Card

        Most family-based immigration processes start with the petitioner who is going to be the lawful permanent resident or a United States citizen submitting a request to the government of the United States to let their family member immigrate into the country. You might be dealing with forms like I-130 or the “Petition for Alien Relative.” The USCIS is going to be handling this case. If you have the I-130 petition, it has the ability to establish that there is a family relationship that would qualify you for this.

        Once your petition gets approved and you get a visa number, then you can apply for your green card. There are two ways to apply for the green card: the first is called consular processing and the second is an adjustment of status.

        If you are getting consular processing, it means that you have to apply for a green card through the US Embassy or consular office in your home country. This is the most common method for getting a green card. You might be able to do that if you are already in the United States temporarily, say as a student, visitor, or tourist.

        Get in touch with our Buffalo, NY family based Immigration Lawyer today for more information.

        Getting an Adjustment of Status

        If you are looking to get an adjustment of status, we highly recommend you call our Buffalo, NY family based immigration lawyer today to discuss this process. This process might be right for you if you are looking to obtain a green card while you are living in the United States without one. It can be complicated depending on your scenario, so we hope you reach out sooner rather than later as we are sure deportation is a fear that weighs heavy on your mind. It is also important for you to go through this process if you are someone who wants a green card and doesn’t want to have to go back to your home country to get one.

        The Types of Family Based Immigration

        If you want to stay in the United States for 90 days in order to get married and then apply eventually for a permanent residency or a green card, then you can try to get a K-1 fiancé visa. Your children can get a K-2 visa.

        A K-3 visa means that you are married to a US citizen, you have a petition filed by your spouse who is a US citizen, or you want to come to the United States and get lawful permanent residency.

        K-4 visas are for people who are under the age of 21 who are unmarried and are the children of a K-3 visa holder.

        There are other types of visas that you could use if you are a spouse of a US citizen or a child of someone who entered the United States on a special visa. You could use an F1 or F2, depending on your situation. F1 visas are for students to enter the United States, while F2 visas are for the spouses and children of people who are in an academic program in the United States.

        There are a variety of different types of visas for many different family situations. Whether you are married to or would like to be married to a US citizen or you are the child of a US citizen, we can help you figure out which visa is the best option for you.

        Marrying a US Citizen

        It is common knowledge that when you marry someone who is a citizen of the US you could get a green card. It may seem simple, but the process can be complicated and challenging. An example of that would be if you made errors on your fiancé petition and you thought that your application was not going to go through. We can help you fix these errors to make sure that things run smoothly and you have success.

        Once you’ve been married, what you can do either in the States or abroad is go through a marriage interview with a United States citizenship and immigration services representative. The basis of the interview is to find out if you are marrying for a legitimate reason or just getting married so that someone can get a green card.

        We can help you prepare for this marriage interview and get you ready so you feel confident and prepared. You just have to make sure you get a call into us to set up a consultation right away before you go through this process. We are here to help.

        Call Our Buffalo, NY Family Based Immigration Lawyer Today 

        If you are looking for help with your family-based immigration matters, please get in touch with our office today to set up your first consultation. Our Buffalo, NY family based immigration lawyer cares deeply about helping you get the results that you need.

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