One of the most common ways of obtaining a permanent residency card that
will allow a non-resident of the United States to remain in the country is
through a family visa. Understanding the terms and conditions that apply to
gaining residency in this manner can be a complicated and lengthy process.
It is essential to work with an experienced immigration attorney like Sam
Shihab to help during this process.
Family based visas are provided in two groups: immediate relative
immigrant visas, and family preference immigrant visas. The number
of immediate relative visas is unlimited and is based on a close family
relationship with a U.S. citizen such as a spouse, adopted orphan, or a
parent. Family preference visas are limited each year and are for more
specific and distant family relationships with a U.S. citizen.