The ultimate goal for many immigrants to the United States is to obtain permanent residence. One way to reach that goal is to have a family member who is already a U.S. citizen or permanent legal resident sponsor and file an immigrant petition. These include spouses and children of U.S. citizens and permanent residents, and parents and brothers and sisters of U.S. citizens.
The Law Office of Alex Solomiany P.A. is located in Miami. With the exception of immediate relatives — that is spouses, children, and parents of U.S. citizens — a limited number of family-based visas are available each year. As a Board-Certified immigration attorney with nearly 15 years of experience guiding families through the immigration process, Mr. Solomiany can review your case, file the proper petition and give you an honest appraisal regarding the outcome of your case. One of the most valuable services we provide is an initial consultation to review your case.
Who Can Sponsor Me for Immigration?
To obtain permanent residence based on a family petition, the petition must be filed by a relative who is either a U.S. citizen or a lawful permanent resident. For immigration purposes, a relative is a parent, spouse or child over age 21. Grandparents, aunts, uncles, in-laws and cousins cannot sponsor a relative for immigration. However, they can act as co-sponsors for purposes of the affidavit of support requirements.
Which Family Members Have Preference for Permanent Residency?
The preference categories for family-based immigration are as follows:
- Immediate relatives: child, spouse, or parents of U.S. citizens.
- First preference: unmarried sons and daughters (children over 21) of U.S. citizens (and their children).
- Second preference: spouses, minor children, and unmarried children over age 21 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, if the citizen is at least 21 or older (and their spouses and children).
How Do I Apply for Permanent Residence Based on a Family Relationship?
Your case will begin with the filing of Form I-130, which must be filed by a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident. If you are in the United States, you may be able to file for permanent residence in conjunction with the Form I-130 and be entitled to employment authorization and permission to travel while the applications are processed.
Discuss Your Immigration Goals With a Board-Certified Immigration and Nationality Law Attorney
To arrange a consultation with Florida lawyer Alex Solomiany to discuss the process of filing for permanent residence, call 305.373.1105 or fill out the contact form on this Web site. The Law Offices of Alex Solomiany, P.A., is located on 80 S.W. 8th Street, just south of in downtown Miami, within walking distance of the Miami Immigration Court.