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Cicero Family Immigration Attorneys with Over 40 Years of Experience

Moving away from the place in which you were born and raised is tough, but migrating out of your country to make a home in another is even more difficult—especially when, more often than not, you cannot take your family with you. Many American citizens today have left their home countries to chase the American dream, but once they are here, they find that success is lonely when they do not have anyone to share it with. Fortunately, the U.S. government allows family-based immigration, which allows U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents (green card holders) to petition for green cards for their family members.

At Kriezelman Burton & Associates, LLC, our family-based immigration lawyers have been reuniting families for over 40 years, and now we want to help you. Contact our Cicero, IL immigration law firm to learn more about what you need to do to petition for your family so that they may join you over here in the land of the free.

Eligibility for Family-Based Immigrant Visas

In accordance with the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), there are two categories of family based immigrant visas that may be issued to family members of citizens or lawful permanent residents (LPRs):

  • Immediate Relative Immigrant Visas; and
  • Family Preference Immigrant Visas.

In accordance with the rules and regulations set forth by the INA, there are an unlimited number of immigrant visas available for immediate relatives of U.S. citizens. Immediate relative visa types include:

  • 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 by a U.S. citizen;
  • IR-4 Orphan to be adopted into the U.S. by a U.S. citizen; and
  • IR-5: Parent of a U.S. citizen who is at least 21 years of age or older.

On the other hand, family preference immigrant visas are limited, and are for specific, more distant, family members of U.S. citizens. LPRs can also petition for a family preference immigrant visa, but who they may petition for in this category is even more limited than who a U.S. citizen may petition for in this category.

The family preference categories, and how many visas available for individuals of each category, are as follows:

  • Family First Preference (F1): Unmarried sons and daughters of U.S. citizens, and their minor children – 23,400 visas available;
  • Family Second Preference (F2): Spouses, minor children, and unmarried sons and daughters (aged 21 or older) of LPRs – 114,200 visas available, though 77 percent are allocated towards spouses and children, while the remainder are reserved for unmarried sons and daughters;
  • Family Third Preference (F3): Married sons and daughters of U.S. citizens, and their spouses and minor children – 23,400 visas available; and
  • Family Fourth Preference (F4): Brothers and sisters of U.S. citizens (who are at least 21 years of age), and their spouses and minor children – 65,000 visas available.

Consult a Cicero, IL Family Immigration Attorney

The Cicero family-based immigration attorneys at Kriezelman Burton & Associates, LLC have over 40 years of experience in reuniting families from all across the globe. The immigration process is challenging, time consuming, and fraught with hoops to jump through and hurdles to overcome. To ensure that you and your family members are not met with resistance when applying for a family-based immigration visa, contact the family immigration lawyers at our Cicero immigration law firm.

To speak with a legal representative regarding your Cicero family-based immigration needs, contact the law offices of Kriezelman Burton & Associates, LLC at 312-332-2550 today.