Montgomery County Family Preference Visa Categories

Before applying for a family preference visa, the applicant should know what category their family member is in. There are four different categories when it comes to family preference visas.

The family-sponsored visa includes family members who are not considered immediate family members of a petitioner, such as siblings. That also includes any petitions filed by lawful permanent residents for their spouse and children.

A family member may apply to enter a family preference category by having the U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident submit Form I-130 on their behalf. On that form, the petitioner, who is a lawful permanent resident or a U.S. citizen related to the petitioner, states that the family member belongs in a family preference category.

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What are the Family Preference Categories?

As mentioned above, there are four different Montgomery County family preference visa categories. Those who are included in the family preference category one are the unmarried children of U.S. citizens who are 21 years of age and older. People in the family preference category two are the spouses and children of lawful permanent residents and the unmarried children of lawful permanent residents who are 21 years of age or older. Those included in family preference category three are the married children of U.S. citizens. People included in family-preference category four are the siblings of adult U.S. citizens.

Quotas for Family Visas

The visa bulletin issued by the Department of State shows the number of visas that are available for each preference category. For example, for the family-sponsored preferences for the unmarried children of U.S. citizens, recently there were 23,400 visas available, and for the spouses and children and unmarried children of a lawful permanent residence, there were 114,200. The visa bulletin is found at travel.state.gov and is issued by the Department of State each month. Contact an experienced immigration attorney for more information.

Common Mistakes Made by People Trying to Legalize Their Family Members Stay

Some common mistakes made by people trying to complete the process by themselves to legalize the stay of their family members include not knowing the difference between an immediate relative and family members that fall into the family preference category. These two are not the same and require different steps in the process.

Other common mistakes are not submitting a waiver for grant of inadmissibility, not including all the evidence that was requested in the submission of the applications, and trying to adjust the status for a family member in the U.S. when that family member did not have a lawful entry into the United States.

Those who enter the United States without being inspected, admitted, and paroled are unable to adjust in the United States and will have to go through a consular processing. Also, they are likely to require a waiver of unlawful presence. Anyone who will require a waiver of unlawful presence should contact an attorney before setting up any interviews at a U.S. Embassy abroad.

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