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The U.S. State Department provides two groups of family-based immigrant visas: immediate relatives (unlimited) and family preference categories (limited). A skilled family immigration attorney in New York City can give you well-informed advice and help guide you through each step of the immigration process.

Immediate Relative Immigrant Visas (Unlimited)

These visa types are based on a close family relationship with a United States (U.S.) citizen only described as an immediate relative (IR)*. The number of immigrants in these categories is not limited each fiscal year.

Immediate relative visa types include the following:

  • IR-1: Spouse of a U.S. citizen;
  • IR-2: Unmarried child under 21 years of age of a U.S. citizen;
  • IR-3: Orphan adopted abroad by a U.S. citizen;
  • IR-4: Orphan to be adopted in the U.S. by a U.S. citizen; and
  • IR-5: Parent of a U.S. citizen who is at least 21 years old.

Family Preference Immigrant Visas (Limited)

These 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 include the following:

  • Family First Preference (F1): Unmarried sons and daughters of U.S. citizens, and their minor children, if any.
  • Family Second Preference (F2): Spouses, minor children, and unmarried sons and daughters (age 21 and over) of LPRs.
  • Family Third Preference (F3): Married sons and daughters of U.S. citizens, and their spouses and minor children.
  • 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.

*Note: only direct relatives can be petitioner for the applicant(s). Grandparents, aunts, uncles, in-laws, and cousins cannot sponsor a relative for immigration.

Call the Law Office of Robert J. Maher, PC today at (646) 681-1977 or contact us online to speak with our family immigration attorney in New York City about your situation.

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