There are many different kinds of family immigration visas available to individuals who wish to bring their family members to the United States. These visas are designed to reunite families and allow individuals to live and work in the United States with their loved ones.
If you need legal and professional assistance obtaining a family immigration visa, you should consider contacting a green card attorney. It will also help if you know the common family immigration visas, as it can help you obtain one accordingly.
Below are the different family immigration visas you must know:
- Immediate Relative Visas
These visas are available to spouses, unmarried children under 21, and parents of United States citizens. There is no annual limit on the amount of these visas that can be allocated.
- Family Preference Visas
These visas are a type of immigration visa that allows certain family members of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents to come and live in the United States. Below are the four categories of family preference visas you should be aware of:
- First preference or F1 visa: Unmarried adult children of U.S. citizens.
- Second preference or F2 visa: Spouses, minors, and unmarried adult children of permitted permanent residents.
- Third preference or F3 visa: Married adult children of U.S. citizens.
- Fourth preference or F4 visa: Siblings of U.S. citizens, where the citizen is at least 21 years old.
- Fiancé(e) Visas
These visas are available to individuals engaged to be married to a U.S. citizen and wish to come to the United States to get married. The individual must have a valid passport and prove that they have met their fiancé(e) in person within the past two years unless they can demonstrate that such a meeting would violate long-established customs or result in extreme hardship.
- Adoption Visas
These visas are available to individuals who are adopting a child from another country and wish to bring the child to the United States. Several different adoption visa types are available, including the Orphan Visa, the Hague Convention Visa, and the Orphan Adoption Visa.
- V Visas
These visas are available to the spouses and minor children of permanent residents who have been waiting for more than three years to become permanent residents.
- K Visas
These visas are available to the fiancé(e)s and spouses of U.S. citizens. The fiancé(e) visa allows the individual to come to the United States to get married, while the spouse visa allows them to go to the United States to live with their spouse.
- Diversity Visas
These visas are available through the Diversity Visa Lottery program, which is designed to increase diversity in the United States by offering visas to individuals from countries with low rates of immigration to the United States.