Family Based Immigration -

Preference Immigrant Visas

 

 

Two groups of family based immigrant visa categories, including immediate relatives and family preference categories, are provided under the provisions of United States immigration law, specifically the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA).  For our section on immediate relatives immigrant visas, please click here.

 

Family Preference Immigrant Visas are visa types are for specific, more distant, family relationships with a U.S. citizen and some specified relationships with a Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR). There are fiscal year numerical limitations on family preference immigrants, shown at the end of each category.

 

The family preference categories are:

 

Family First Preference (F1)

 

Unmarried sons and daughters of U.S. citizens, and their minor children, if any. (23,400)  These can have a long processing time depending upon the nationality of the foreign relative.

 

Family Second Preference (F2)

 

Spouses, minor children, and unmarried sons and daughters (age 21 and over) of LPRs.  At least seventy-seven percent of all visas available for this category will go to the spouses and children; the remainder is allocated to unmarried sons and daughters. (114,200)

 

Family Third Preference (F3)

 

Married sons and daughters of U.S. citizens, and their spouses and minor children. (23,400)  This category usually has a very long wait time depending upon the nationality of the foreign relative. 

 

Family Fourth Preference (F4)

 

Brothers and sisters of U.S. citizens, and their spouses and minor children, provided the U.S. citizens are at least 21 years of age. (65,000)  This category has the longest  processing time. The wait time can vary between 10- 25 years.

 

Note: Grandparents, aunts, uncles, in-laws, and cousins cannot sponsor a relative for immigration.

 

Numerical Limitations for Limited Family-based Preference Categories

 

Whenever the number of qualified applicants for a category exceeds the available immigrant visas, there will be an immigration wait.  In this situation, the available immigrant visas will be issued in the chronological order in which the petitions were filed using their priority date.  The filing date of a petition becomes what is called the applicant's priority date. Immigrant visas cannot be issued until an applicant's priority date is reached.  In certain categories with many approved petitions compared to available visas, there may be a waiting period of several years, or more, before a priority date is reached.  Check the Visa Bulletin for the latest priority dates.

 

SEND A MESSAGE:
Email: Info@Visas-Us.com

Subscribe to Brenman Immigration Law Updates

North Carolina:       976 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd, 2nd Floor, Chapel Hill, NC - Cornerstone Building - BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

 | Ph: 1-919-932-4593 | Fax: 1-919-942-8674 , Web: visas-us.com 

FOLLOW US:

  • YouTube Clean
  • Google+ Clean
  • w-facebook
  • LinkedIn Clean
  • Twitter Clean

© 2018 by Brenman Immigration Law Firm, PLLC.

 

DISCLAIMER: Brenman Immigration Law Firm is located in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.  We serve clients in Washington, DC, Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina, and nationwide.  Our practice is limited to Federal Immigration Law only. 

 

All material contained herein is for informational purposes only. They are not offered as legal or any other advice on any particular matter. Viewing or transmitting this information does not create nor constitute an attorney-client relationship between Brenman Immigraton Law Firm, PLLC, and the user.  The Firm and the attorneys expressly disclaim all liability to any person in respect of anything and in respect of the consequences of anything done or omitted to be done wholly or partly in reliance upon the whole or any part of the contents of this web site. Reproduction of part or all of the contents in any form is prohibited other than for individual use only and may not be recopied and shared with a third party.  The permission to recopy by an individual does not allow for incorporation of material or any part of it in any work or publication, whether in hard copy, electronic, or any other form.  The site contains links to servers maintained by other business and organizations which is intended to aid research or provide a service to site visitors.  The Firm cannot provide any warranty as to the accuracy or source of information contained on any of these servers.