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Family Visa

How to apply for Family Visa in the US?

American family migration is a scheme to unite the immediate and extended family members with their eligible relatives in the US. Family migration allows the family members to live and work permanently in the USA with their relatives, who are either lawful permanent residents or citizens.

Disclaimer – Visas Avenue does not provide any guidance or assistance on USA employment/work visa. This page is only for information purpose. Visa Avenue provide documentation assistance related to the different government program.

To apply for family immigration, you must meet the following criteria: -

  • The sponsor must be a lawful permanent resident or citizen of the USA.
  • The sponsor should be at least 21 years of age to file petitions for siblings or parents. However, a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident (LPR) must be at least 18 years of age and have a residence (domicile) in the U.S. before they can sign an Affidavit of Support, Form I-864 or I-864-EZ.
  • Sponsor must have sufficient funds and assets to support family intending to migrate and must maintain principal residence (also called domicile) in the U.S.
  • The sponsor must be ready to sign an affidavit of support for the family intending to migrate.
  • The sponsor should get the approval of the immigrant visa petition, I-130 (Petition for Alien Relative), from USCIS.

Family-based immigration visas have been classified into two groups under the provisions of United States immigration law: -

  1. A) Immediate Relative Immigrant Visas: This includes US citizens' immediate relatives or permanent residents. The number of immigrants in these categories is not limited to each fiscal year. Immediate relative visa types include: -

IR-1: Spouse of a U.S. Citizen – Learn More

IR-2: Unmarried Child Under 21 Years of Age of a U.S. Citizen

IR-3: Orphan adopted abroad by a U.S. Citizen – Learn More

IR-4: Orphan to be adopted in the U.S. by a U.S. citizen – Learn More

IR-5: Parent of a U.S. Citizen who is at least 21 years old.

  1. B) Family Preference Immigrant Visas: -This includes the specific, more distant, family relationships of the US citizens or permanent residents. The number of immigrants in these categories is not limited to each fiscal year. Immediate relative visa types include: -

Family First Preference (F1): -Unmarried sons and daughters of U.S. citizens, and their minor children, if any. (23,400).

Family Second Preference (F2): -Spouses, minor children, and unmarried sons and daughters (age 21 and over) of LPRs. At least seventy-seven per cent of all visas available for this category will go to the spouses and children; the remainder is allocated to unmarried sons and daughters. (114,200)

Family Third Preference (F3): Married sons and daughters of U.S. citizens and their spouses and minor children. (23,400).

Family Fourth Preference (F4): -Brothers and sisters of U.S. citizens and their spouses and minor children, provided the U.S. citizens are at least 21 years of age. (65,000)

Note: Grandparents, aunts, uncles, in-laws, and cousins cannot sponsor a relative for immigration.

Fees Requirement: -

  • Filing an immigrant Petition for Alien Relative, Form I-130 (USCIS charges this fee)
  • Immigrant Visa Application Processing Fees for Immediate relative and family preference applications (processed based on an approved I-130, I-600 or I-800 petition)
  • Medical examination and required vaccinations (costs vary)
  • Other costs may include translations, photocopying charges; fees for obtaining the documents you need for the immigrant visa application (such as passport, police certificates, birth certificates, etc.); and travel expenses to the U.S. embassy or consulate for your visa interview.
  • Costs vary from country to country and case to case.

How can Visas Avenue assist you with the immigration process?

At Visas Avenue, we take care of all your needs, right from choosing a visa category as per your need to provide expert documentation and visa filing guidance.

To discover your eligibility, you may take a free profile assessment online. Our Immigration Specialists team will assess your profile and connect with you to discuss the process and possibilities.

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