Family Visas

These visas are available to those with a family relationship to a U.S. citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident. There are two groups of family-based immigrant visa categories:

Immediate Relative Immigrant Visas (Unlimited)

These are for immediate relatives of a U.S. citizen which include:

  • IR-1: Spouse of a U.S. citizen
  • IR-2: Unmarried child under 21 years old of a U.S. citizen
  • IR-3: Orphan adopted abroad by a U.S. citizen
  • IR-4: Orphan to be adopted in the U.S. by a U.S. citizen
  • IR-5: Parent of a U.S. citizen who is at least 21 years old

Family Preference Immigrant Visas (Limited)

These visas are for specific, more distant, family relationships with a U.S. citizen and some specified relationships with a Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR) which apply to:

  • Family First Preference (F1): Unmarried sons and daughters of U.S. citizens, and their minor children, if any
  • Family Second Preference (F2): Spouses, minor children, and unmarried sons and daughters (age 21 and over) of LPRs. At least seventy-seven percent of all visas available for this category will go to spouses and children; the remainder is allocated to unmarried sons and daughters
  • Family Third Preference (F3): Married sons and daughters of U.S. citizens, and their spouses and minor children
  • 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

The Law Offices of Sheila Starkey Hahn, PC welcomes you to contact us for information about how we can assist you with family visas.

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