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Fairfax Family Immigration Attorneys

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The family immigration lawyers at Murray Osorio PLLC proudly represent hard-working immigrants who are striving for their American Dream. Our immigration law firm is particularly focused on assisting individuals and their families who want to establish themselves and work in the United States.

What Is Family-Based Immigration?

U.S. citizens and U.S. lawful permanent residents may petition for, or “sponsor,” certain close family members to become permanent residents. Family petitions allow certain relatives to obtain legal permanent residence. These include immediate relatives and family members within the preference categories.

Who Are Immediate Relatives?

The term “immediate relative” is used to define certain immigrant relatives of U.S. citizens. Immediate relatives include:

  • Spouses of U.S. citizens
  • Children (unmarried and under 21) of U.S. citizens
  • Parents of U.S. citizens (The petitioning citizen must be 21 or older.)

For immediate relatives of U.S. citizens, visas are always available, which means that your family member does not need to wait in line for a visa.

What Are Preference Category Family Members?

Preference categories apply to family members who are not immediate relatives. The visas allotted for these categories are subject to annual numerical limits. A visa becomes available to a preference category based on the priority date (the date the Form I-130 was filed). 

Preference categories are grouped as follows:

  • First preference: Unmarried, adult sons and daughters of U.S. citizens (adult means 21 or older.)
  • Second Preference (2A): Spouses of green card holders, unmarried children (under 21) of permanent residents
  • Second Preference (2B): Unmarried adult sons and daughters of permanent residents
  • Third Preference: Married sons and daughters (any age) of U.S. citizens
  • Fourth Preference: Brothers and sisters of adult U.S. citizens

In most family-based preference categories, with the exception of immediate relatives, there are long waiting periods before the sponsored individual may become a permanent resident. Waiting periods are set for each family-based preference category according to country of birth and are released by the Department of State monthly in their publicly viewable “visa bulletin.”

Need help? Request a consultation with a family-based immigration lawyer in Fairfax at Murray Osorio PLLC by completing a form or calling (800) 929-7142. Se habla español.

Adjustment of Status and Consular Processing

In certain circumstances, petitions can be made with the foreign national within the United States through a process called Adjustment of Status. Alternatively, for those unable to process in the United States or for those abroad, they can immigrate to the United States through a process called Consular Processing.

U.S. citizens may also apply for a fiancé through a K-1 visa. This requires a combination of both consular processing and adjustment of status. Timing is key for this process, as the couple must marry within 90 days of entering the country.

Considerations During the Family Immigration Process

If you are seeking family-based immigration, there are several consideration to make at this time:

  • The sponsor will need to be at least 18 years old, living in the United States, and a United States citizen
  • All applicants will need to consent to a compulsory medical examination
  • There are limits on visas under the family-preference category, but there is no limit on those for spouses, children, or parents of a sponsor

Family Immigration Matters We Handle

Navigating family-based immigration matters can be complex and challenging, which is why you should consult with a knowledgeable lawyer who can advise you on your rights and help you understand which laws will impact your case. Our team at Murray Osorio PLLC can assist with any of the following family immigration cases:

  • I-130 Petition for Alien Relative
  • Adjustment of Status
  • K1 Fiancé Visa
  • Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Self-Petitions
  • LGBT+ Family Immigration
  • Immigrant Visa Processing
  • 245(i) Adjustment of Status
  • Waivers of Inadmissibility for Criminal Grounds, Fraud Grounds, Unlawful Presence, and Others
  • I-601A Provisional Unlawful Presence Waivers
  • Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)
  • Temporary Protected Status (TPS)

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Our top-notch lawyers make it our top priority to do anything within our power to help unite our clients with their families. When you choose Murray Osorio PLLC to represent you, we will diligently explore every possible option and take care of all the complicated paperwork so you can petition for the proper visas to achieve your immigration goals.

Please call our Fairfax family immigration attorneys at (703) 952-3275 to discuss what our law firm can do to serve you. Contact us online to request a consultation.


Discuss Your Legal Concerns With Our Knowledgeable Attorneys Today

We know that immigrant labor is vital to the success of countless business operations, which is why you can count on our lawyers at Murray Osorio PLLC to help ensure you comply with all federal regulations and U.S. immigration laws. Whether you are worried about audits and raids from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) or you just feel overwhelmed by all of the complicated legal documents, our firm can handle the important details of your case and help you make informed decisions.

If you would like to speak to one of our business immigration lawyers in Fairfax, please give us a call at (703) 952-3275. Our firm also offers immigration services in Spanish. Contact us today to learn more.


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