Family immigration and the reuniting of families is something particularly important to us. Attorney Farah Kamal, a family immigration lawyer based in Houston, Texas, understands how important family immigration is for clients, as well as the many emotional and financial aspects of the process that can often make it difficult and intimidating. At Kamal Law Firm, we are dedicated to help equip you with the knowledge you need and to help you through this complicated process so that you can reunite with your loved ones as efficiently as possible.
The Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) breaks visas for family members into two categories – “immediate relative” and “family preference”. The “immediate relative” category includes a U.S. citizen’s parents, spouse, and children who are under 21 years and unmarried. The “family preference” category has four sub-categories:
- First preference: Adult (21 years old or older) children of U.S. citizens who are unmarried.
- Second preference: a legal permanent resident’s spouse, and unmarried sons and daughters and their children.
- Third preference: a U.S. citizen’s married sons and daughters, their spouses and minor children.
- Fourth preference: a U.S. citizen’s brothers and sisters, their spouses and their minor children.
While the U.S. doesn’t limit the number of immediate relative visas, the demand for “family preference” visas usually exceed the limited number of visas available. Unfortunately, navigating the requirements, paperwork, and procedures necessary to bring a family member to the United States can be daunting.
Please contact us to help guide through this process. We will give you the information you need in order to better understand and make informed decisions about your family’s immigration situation.