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Family Visas

Family-Based Immigration Attorneys

United States citizens and lawful permanent residents can sponsor foreign relatives for visas. If you want relatives to legally enter the United States on a family-based visa, it is vital to fully understand your options. At Weisberg, Friedman & Klapisch, LLP, lawyers Steven Klapisch and Terry Friedman each offer more than 30 years of experience efficiently and effectively guiding clients through the visa application process.

There are two different types of family visas. Immediate Relative (IR) visas apply to spouses of U.S. citizens, unmarried children of U.S. citizens under the age of 21, orphans adopted abroad or in the United States by U.S. citizens, and parents of U.S. citizens who are at least 21 years old. There are no limits to Immediate Relative visas in a given year. The other class of visa is the Family Preference visa, which are classified as follows:

  • First Preference: Unmarried adult sons and daughters of U.S. citizens and their minor children
  • Second Preference: Spouses, minor children and unmarried sons or daughters (21 or over) of lawful permanent residents
  • Third Preference: Married sons and daughters of U.S. citizens and their spouses and children.
  • Fourth Preference: Brothers and sisters of U.S. citizens and their spouses and children.

Family Preference visas are subject to strict quotas. It may take a number of years to obtain a Family Preference visa, even after the application has been approved. Immediate Relative visas take far less time. Any errors or omissions in the application process can delay your application, sometimes for years. We can rely on our lawyers to correctly prepare your application, affidavits of support and other required documents.

Contact the Attorneys of Weisberg, Friedman & Klapisch, LLP

Call or e-mail our New York City family visa attorneys to discuss your needs. Weisberg, Friedman & Klapisch is located in Manhattan. Although most of our clients are located in the tri-state area, we can represent individuals and families across the United States.

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