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Family vs. Employment Visas

There are two general types of immigration: employment-based immigration and family-based immigration. The first of these can be temporary or permanent and usually involves only one person. The latter, however, involves entry into the United States for one or more persons who are the family members of a U.S. citizen or a legal permanent resident (LPR). This entry can be temporary or permanent, but eventually results in green cards for the entire family.

Types of Family Immigration Visas

Depending on the relation of the family member in question, there are several different types of family visas available.

  • If a U.S. citizen is petitioning for their family to join them in the U.S., they will have to file a Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative in addition to any other required visa.
  • For immediate relatives, they may be able to apply for a K-3 visa or K-4 visa, allowing their spouse and / or child to move to the U.S. as a non-immigrant while the I-130 is pending.
  • Fiancés and fiancées can also apply for a K-3 or K-4 visa, or for a K-1 or K-2 visa, to join their future spouse in the United States.

One advantage to immediate family visas is that there is no wait. Whereas other applicants must wait for a visa number to become available, spouses, children, and dependents of U.S. citizens and green card holders can gain immediate entry into the country once their application has been approved. This is known as family preference and is separated into first, second, third, and fourth preference depending on relation.

How a Lawyer Can Help

A North Carolina family immigration attorney from Brown Immigration Law can help you determine your eligibility and will guide you step by step through the application process. We will also provide skilled representation for any issues that may arise and will ensure that your case is handled in a timely manner. This includes excellent deportation defense and the filing of a writ of mandamus, as necessary.

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