If you have a relative with legal status, they may be able to file for yours!
Each year, over 500,000 persons obtain permanent residence in the U.S. by being sponsored by a family member.
A U.S. citizen family member may sponsor a spouse, child, parents, adult sons and daughters, and their siblings.
A Lawful Permanent Resident may sponsor their spouse, children, and unmarried adult sons and daughters.
Although visa-waiting times can be substantial for certain applicants, immediate relatives do not have to wait for a visa to become current. Immediate relatives include a U.S. citizen’s spouse, parents, and unmarried children under age 21.
Benefits of Becoming a Lawful Permanent Resident
- Ability to travel outside the United States
- No need to fill out Form I-94 every time you travel
- Right to apply for government-sponsored financial aid to help pay for your education
- Pay in-state tuition for your university or college education
- Permission to work in the United States
- Permission to start your own business and create your own corporation
- Social security benefits when you retire
Relatives of Lawful Permanent Residents
Lawful permanent residents are able to petition for their spouses and children. Currently, there is no visa waiting times for spouses and minor unmarried children of lawful permanent residents. Our experienced immigration attorneys can help you avoid the pitfalls of the application process.
Get Your Green Card With an Adjustment of Status
An Adjustment of Status is an application filed by the foreign national who is physically present in the United States to obtain lawful permanent residency, either through a family member or employer.
K-3 Marriage Visa
The K3 allows the foreign spouse to enter the United States on a temporary basis in order to complete the green-card process through Adjustment of Status.
K-1 Fiance Visa
A K-1 fiancee visa allows a US citizen to bring their foreign-born fiancee into the U.S. in order to get married. Once married, the foreign-born spouse can apply for adjustment of status to obtain lawful permanent residency.
Immigration Benefits for Same-Sex Couples
All married couples are now entitled to the same immigration benefits. At Higbee & Associates, we are passionate about protecting the rights of immigrants and the LGBT community.
Battered Spouse Waiver of Joint Petition to Remove Condition on Residence
Conditional residents who are subject to battering or extreme cruelty by their U.S. citizen or resident spouse may be eligible to waive the joint filing requirement. If approved, the condition will be removed without the assistance of the abusive partner.
Self Petition Under the Violence Against Women Act
Victims of domestic abuse can find freedom in filing a self-petition to obtain lawful permanent residency without the assistance of the abusive partner. You do not have to remain in a dangerous and damaging relationship to obtain immigration benefits based on the marriage to your resident or citizen spouse.
Julia ThomeAssociate AttorneyJulia Thome is an associate in the Orange County office. Ms. Thome represents both individuals and employers throughout the United States and worldwide. Ms. Thome specializes in employment visas including H-1B, L-1, O-1, TN, and investor visas including E-2 and EB-5.
Mathew HigbeeAttorney at LawMathew Higbee utilizes his unique blend of legal and professional experience to deliver success for his clients. He has handled a wide-range of cases in both criminal and civil courts. He has served as a prosecutor and defense counsel. He is a frequent commentator and guest writer for various media.
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