Parent, Spousal, Child and Sibling-Based Petitions
Along with employment-based immigrant visas, family-based immigrant visas are a popular tool for achieving lawful permanent residence. However, outside of the immediate family, the ability to bring in other others is severely limited by a strict quota system. Still, spouses, parents, children and siblings, including stepchildren and half-siblings, stand a good chance of immigrating relatively quickly if the proper procedure is filed.
Immigrant visa petitions are treated differently, such as whether they belong in the preference system or not and what preference they are given, based upon a host of factors including the family relationship involved and whether the petitioner is a U.S. citizen or a lawful permanent resident.