Family Immigration Legal Services

Please select the relationship that best describes your situation:

Spouse of U.S. Citizen Immigration ServicesFiancee of United States Citizen Immigration ServicesChild of US Citizen Immigration ServicesParent of U.S. Citizen Immigration Service

removal of ConditionsSibling of U.S. Citizen Immigration ServicesSpouse of U.S. Permanent ResidentChild of U.S. Permanent Resident

Family Immigration Legal Services


Most immigrants who enter the United States enter based upon their family relationship with a U.S. citizen or U.S. lawful permanent resident.  However, not every family relationship qualifies, and each relationship offers different levels of immigration benefits.

Immediate Relatives

Immediate relatives of U.S. Citizens are afforded the most immigration advantages, including the ability to enter the United States without regard to numerical limitations (see below).  The U.S. immigration service (formerly INS) consider the following to be “immediate relatives” of U.S. citizens:

Preference Category Family Members

Family members who do not fall into the Immediate Relatives category are assigned to one of four family preference categories.  Each preference category has a statutory limit on the number of immigrants that are allowed into the United States each year.  Due to this limitation, qualifying family members will often need to wait until their visa preference date is reached.  The visa preference date is updated monthly by the Department of State’s Visa Bulletin.

First Preference

Second Preference

Third Preference

Fourth Preference