USA Family Route

Family Visas to the US

Whatever your goal, if you have family in the US, a family visa may well be the best route for you to migrate to the US permanently.

If you have a relative who is a US citizen or legal permanent resident, they may be able to sponsor you for permanent resident status.

USA Family Immigration is a multi-step process where the US relatives need approval prior to the applicants seek to obtain an immigrant visa.

Who can migrate to the US?

Under USA Family Immigration, spouses, dependent & adopted unmarried children under 18 years of age are considered close relatives, and can immigrate to the US. Applicants in this category are not subject to any quota system or waiting period.

USA Family Immigration for relatives of US Green Card & Citizens is possible in three ways which include USA H4 Visa, Visas for family of Green Card holders, Visas for family of Citizens.

However the requirements of each and every category differ.

US Immigration for immediate relatives

There is no limit on the number of visas available for immediate relatives. However, petitioners must meet certain age and financial requirements.

Immediate relatives include:

spouses of U.S. citizens;
unmarried minor children of U.S. citizens (under 21 years old);
parents of U.S. citizens (petitioner must be at least 21 years old to petition for a parent);
unmarried minor children of U.S. citizens (under 21 years old);
parents of U.S. citizens (petitioner must be at least 21 years old to petition for a parent).

US Immigration for more distant relatives

There are a limited number of visas available every year under the family preference system, where again petitioners must meet certain age and financial requirements.

The preference system includes applicants who are:

adult children (married and unmarried) and brothers and sisters of U.S. citizens (petitioner must be at least 21 years old to petition for a sibling);   
spouses and unmarried children (minor and adult) of LPRs.

In order to balance the overall number of immigrants arriving based on family relationships, Congress established a complicated system for calculating the available number of family preference visas in any given year.

The number of family preference visas is determined by subtracting from 480,000 the number of immediate relative visas issued during the previous year and the number of aliens “paroled” into the U.S. during the previous year.

Any unused employment preference immigrant numbers from the preceding year are then added to this sum to establish the number of visas that remain for allocation through the preference system. By law, however, the number of family-based visas allocated through the preference system may not be lower than 226,000. Consequently, the total number of family-based visas often exceeds 480,000.

In order to be admitted through the family preference system, a U.S. citizen or LPR sponsor must petition for an individual relative (and establish the legitimacy of the relationship), meet minimum income requirements and sign an affidavit of support stating that they will be financially responsible for their family member(s) upon arrival in the United States.

Family Visas
US Family Visa for Permanent Residency

Name: US Immigration Family Visas

Description: The USA allows partners and other family members to join their loved ones in the USA under certain conditions. Even when there is a clear case under law these cases are often hard fought and won against a challenging border control policy. We suggest you seek the assistance of US Immigration lawyer to be certain of winning your case.

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