The law offices of Marjan Alitalaei has the knowledge and experience necessary to guide you through the seemingly complex process of the permanent resident (greencard) application process.
Each year the Department of Homeland Security establishes a maximum number of family based green cards. The DHS distinguishes between “immediate relatives” and “preference relatives.” Immediate relatives are not subject to a numerical limit, whereas preference relatives are. While there is no wait time for immediate relatives, preference relatives often face a long wait. Consequently, it is advantageous to be categorized as an immediate relative to a sponsoring US citizen.
Immediate Relatives are defined as: Children of US citizens under 21 years of age that are unmarried; Parents of US citizen children over 21 years of age; Spouses of US citizens.
Preference relatives are defined according to 4 preference categories: Unmarried sons and daughters 21 and over of US citizens; Spouses (Preference 2A) and unmarried children (Preference 2B) of lawful permanent residents; Married sons and daughters of US citizens; Brothers and sisters of US citizens.
Again, immediate relatives are not subject to a numerical limit. As long as they are eligible, a green card will be granted upon approval of the application. On the other hand, preference relatives are subject to a numerical limit. The availability of green cards for preference relatives is limited and usually requires a waiting period between the approval of an application and the granting of the actual green card. The advantages of classification as an immediate relative to a sponsoring US citizen cannot be overstated.
Call (424) 442-9195 for more information.