Family Immigration Lawyer in San Francisco and Benicia
Reuniting with family members is one of the biggest incentives for immigration to the United States. The Law Office of Geri N. Kahn assists numerous clients through the family visa process each year. Immigration to the United States can, however, be a complicated process that requires an understanding of the system and the completion of legal documentation. Hiring a family visa lawyer gives clients access to detailed advice and knowledge to ensure a seamless application process.
Assisting San Francisco and Benicia Residents With Family Visas
Family members who are separated by borders are naturally anxious to reconnect without unnecessary delays. To assist families with the immigration process, Geri Kahn advises families on their eligibility and works with them throughout the process of obtaining U.S. citizenship.
Main Types of Family Visas
There are two main categories of visas for relatives looking to live permanently in the United States. There are visas for immediate relatives, and family preference visas. These visa types are described below in greater detail.
Visas for Immediate Relatives
U.S. citizens over the age of 21 can petition to bring their immediate family members to the country. There is no quota for immediate relatives. Individuals covered under the immediate relative category are as follows.
- Spouse of a U.S. citizen.
- Children under age 21 of a U.S. citizen.
- Parents of a U.S. citizen.
Family Preference Visas
All other family relationships beyond those shown above are grouped into preference categories, and visas of this type do have a set yearly limit. While a family immigration attorney will advise you based on your specific circumstances, an overview of each category is as follows.
- First preference – Unmarried children of U.S. citizens aged 21 or over.
- Second preference – Spouses and unmarried children of permanent residents.
- Third preference – The married children of a U.S. citizen.
- Fourth preference – Siblings of a U.S. citizen.
With a range of visa options and certain requirements that must be fulfilled, obtaining a family visa can be a complex process. If obtaining a family visa isn’t possible, other options such as getting an employment visa may be available. As a family-focused immigration attorney, Geri will guide and support you through the process of securing U.S. citizenship.
Common Questions About Family Visas
Yes. For a visa to be issued, a person must complete a medical examination with an approved physician.
Visa applicants must obtain a police certificate from their country of residence. Children aged 16 and over are also required to get a police certificate.
Family Visas Lawyer Serving San Francisco and Benicia
Geri Kahn and her legal team are available to help with employment-based immigration advice and representation. For advice from a family visa attorney, contact the Law Office of Geri N. Kahn today. Call our San Francisco office at (415) 397-5446 or our Benicia office at (707) 746-1813, or request a legal consultation.