Handling Family-Based Visas in Houston, TX
Types of Family Visas
Spouses, children, siblings, parents, and fiancé(e)s of U.S. citizens, as well as spouses and children of green card holders, may apply for a family visa in order to enter the United States. Family members of U.S. citizens are given some level of preference. K visas are available for spouses and children of citizens and allow them to enter the U.S. as a nonimmigrant until their Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative goes through, granting them lawful permanent residency. The K-3 or K-4 visa must be filed at the same time as the Form I-130. Parents and siblings may file a Form I-130, but must wait until a visa number becomes available before entering the country.
K-1 Fiancé(e) Visas
The fiancé or fiancée of a U.S. citizen may also enter the country with a nonimmigrant K-1 visa if the citizen files a Form I-129F for Alien Fiancé(e). The petitioner must be a U.S. citizen and the two parties must plan to marry within 90 days of the immigrant party's entrance into the United States. Both parties must be unmarried and legally capable of marrying each other at the time the form is filed. They must also have met each other in person at least once within two years of filing the petition. Children of fiancés may enter the country on a K-2 visa. The children must be listed on the Form I-129F that is filed for the immigrant fiancé.
Why You Need a Family Immigration Lawyer
Many things are at stake when you are looking to sponsor your family members or when you desire to enter the U.S. on a family visa. If you are a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, Hira Law PLLC can help you prepare the necessary paperwork in order to file a petition as soon as possible. The family immigration process takes time, so do not hesitate to get quality counsel and guidance. Immigrants from another country looking to enter the U.S. must go through their local consulate and can also benefit from excellent legal counsel.
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