FAMILY BASED IMMIGRATION
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Who is an immediate relative?
> Spouses of U.S. citizens.
> Parents of a U.S. citizen who is at least 21 years-old.
> Unmarried children (under the age of 21) of U.S. citizens.
What are the advantages of being an immediate relative of a U.S. citizen?
> There are no numerical limitations on the number of immediate relatives who might emigrate from any country.
> If the beneficiary entered the United States “legally” then the immediate relative is exempt from certain “bars” such as unauthorized employment, overstaying their time of admission, or violating their specific non-immigrant status.
Family-Based Preference Categories:
> Unmarried sons and daughters (over the age of 21) of U.S. citizens.
> 2A – Spouses and unmarried children (under the age of 21) of permanent residents.
> 2B– Unmarried children (over the age of 21) of permanent residents.
> Married sons and daughters of U.S. citizens.
> Brothers and sisters of U.S. Citizens.
> Where someone obtains an immigrant visa or lawful permanent residence based upon marriage as either an immediate relative or a Family 2A beneficiary, AND the marriage is less than 2 years-old, that individual is granted “conditional permanent resident” status.
> “Conditional status” lasts for 2 years from the date the person becomes a lawful resident, not 2 years from the original marriage.
> The person MUST petition to remove this status at a later date following specific instructions found under 8 C.F.R. Part 216.
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