Family-Based Permanent Residency
Immigration Lawyers at Salas Law Care About Reuniting Families
At Salas Law, the immigration attorneys provide experienced and committed
representation to families throughout Williamson County and the rest of
the U.S. as they seek to become reunited. The firm's purpose is to
promote family unity.
Citizens of the United States and lawful permanent residents are permitted
to sponsor family members to obtain lawful permanent residency in the
United States. Certain eligibility requirements, however, must be in place
for this process to occur.
Lawful permanent residents are foreign nationals who have migrated to the
United States and, as a result of their new status, are permitted to live
and work in the country permanently.
Who can be sponsored?
As a U.S. citizen, you can sponsor your family members who fall into the
Immediate relatives – Your spouse, unmarried children under the age of 21, or a parent
Family-preference category – Unmarried sons or daughter over the age of 21, married children
of any age, or brothers and sisters
Immediate relatives receive greater priority over the family-preference
category. Congress has placed limitations on the number of family members
who can become permanent residents under these categories. For that reason,
you will want to obtain the assistance of a committed lawyer from the
firm who can help you pursue a positive case outcome.
Contact the firm today for legal help!
Understanding Immigration as a Family Member
What is the process?
The process for family-based U.S. residency (applying for a green card)
involves the following steps:
- Step 1: The U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident files Form I-130,
Petition for Alien Relative, on behalf of the family member.
- Step 2: Once approved, the family member acquires an immigrant visa number
from the Department of State.
- Step 3: The family member applies for an immigrant visa in his or her home
country or applies to adjust his or her status from within the U.S. if eligible.
How long does the process take?
Immediate family members, such as a spouse, child, or dependent mother
or father of a U.S. citizen, have priority status. Their applications
may take six months to a year for processing. For other relatives, it
may take several months to several years for their applications to be
The attorneys at Salas Law provide legal services for all family-based
Schedule a consultation today to learn more about the process and to have all of your questions
answered by an experienced immigration attorney in Round Rock, TX.