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 family 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 petition for lawful permanent residency in the United States and, eventually, even citizenship. There are different categories of New York family immigration. The category of foreign national falls upon two factors:
- Whether the petitioning relative is a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident;
- the foreign national relationship to the petitioning relative.
There are two categories of unlimited New York family-based immigration law:
- Immediate relatives of United States citizens
- An immediate relative of a lawful permanent resident. An immediate relative can be a spouse of a United States citizen, a widow of a United States citizen, an 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 The Law Office of Robert J. Maher, PC can offer solutions to unite or keep your family intact.
There are four preference categories for limited family-based immigration. The first preference category consists of unmarried children of United States citizens over 21. The second preference is divided into “2A” and “2B”. Spouses of lawful permanent residents and their unmarried children under the age of 21 fall into the “2A” category, whereas unmarried sons and daughters of lawful permanent residents over 21 fall into the “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 The Law Office of Robert J. Maher, PC, want to help you to understand your immigration rights and to assist you with petitioning for your family.
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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.