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Immigration Attorney Helping Family Members of U.S. Citizens Obtain Visas and Green Cards in Orlando County

People in the United States who have family members in foreign countries may wish to help their loved ones with the immigration process. While different types of visas are available for foreign family members, close relatives of U.S. citizens are given priority. While Immediate Relative or IR visas can be one of the fastest ways for family members to immigrate to the U.S., a family will need to follow the correct steps to ensure that they complete the immigration visa process successfully. The assistance of an attorney who is experienced in immigration law can be crucial in these cases.

The lawyers of the Vasquez Law Firm, PLLC are highly skilled and knowledgeable in the laws that affect immigration cases. We have over 35 combined years of experience, and we have helped many families apply for visas and Green Cards. We also provide legal help with multiple other matters related to immigration, including waivers of inadmissibility, appeals of visa denials, deportation defense, and citizenship/naturalization. We will work closely with you and your family to make sure you understand and complete your requirements and avoid any issues that may affect your ability to live together and pursue opportunities in the United States.

Requirements for Immediate Relative Visas

IR visas are available for a U.S. citizen's legally wedded spouse, their unmarried children who are under the age of 21, or the parents of a citizen who is at least 21 years old. The widow or widower of a U.S. citizen may also qualify for an IR visa if their spouse filed a petition for a visa on their behalf before their death or if a person files a petition for a visa within two years after their spouse's death.

A citizen can apply for an IR visa for an immediate relative by filing Form I-130 (Petition for Alien Relative) with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). The citizen must reside primarily in the United States and plan to maintain their residence in the U.S. for the foreseeable future. The citizen will also be required to file an Affidavit of Support to show that they will be able to provide for the ongoing needs of all family members who will be immigrating to the United States.

An application for an IR visa will also need to include the following documents:

  • Passports - Each family member must have a passport issued by their home country, and passports must be valid for at least six months after the date when the person intends to enter the United States.
  • Photographs - Each person must submit two passport-style photos (two inches by two inches).
  • Civil documents - Multiple types of documents verifying a person's identity and legal status will be required. Depending on a person's country of origin, these may include birth certificates, marriage certificates, criminal records, or records of military service.
  • Medical examination forms - An immigrant must receive a medical examination from a physician who has been approved by the U.S. embassy in the country where they currently reside. Records from this examination, as well as proof that a person has received all required vaccinations, must be submitted.

IR visas are unlimited, and they are always available to eligible family members. If an IR visa is granted, a person will be allowed to come to the United States as a permanent immigrant rather than a temporary visitor. Most of the time, immediate relatives will be able to apply for an adjustment of status after they enter the United States, and in some cases, family members may be able to apply for a Green Card at the same time as an IR visa.

Contact Our Windermere Family Immigration Lawyers

At Vasquez Law Firm, PLLC, we can make sure you meet all requirements when applying for an immediate relative visa, and we will work to ensure that you complete the immigration process successfully. Arrange a free consultation today by contacting our office at 407-955-5000. We help families address immigration issues in Orlando, Orlando County, and the surrounding areas, including Saint Cloud, Winter Park, Altamonte Springs, Lake Buena Vista, Apopka, Oviedo, Ocoee, Lake Mary, Casselberry, Leesburg Bay Lake, Sanford, Clermont, Winter Springs, Tampa, Daytona Beach, St. Petersburg, Winter Garden, Windermere, and Kissimmee.

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