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Immigration Lawyer in Pennsylvania

Do you need legal help with immigration in the United States? A family-based petition immigration lawyer can help you.

An immigration lawyer in Pennsylvania can help you get a green card, process your immigration application, and walk you through the entire process. Here at Kitay Law Offices, we understand how sensitive and important this is for your family.

For instance, many people immigrate to the United States for more opportunities and a better life. However, the application process to become a permanent resident (green card holder) or US Citizen is tedious. It requires a great attention to detail. Therefore, it is important to hire an immigration lawyer. The experienced attorneys at Kitay Law Offices can help you complete your application. Furthermore, we can make sure the application requirements are met.

Family picture after receiving green card with the help of Immigration Lawyers in Pennsylvania

It is critical to avoid mistakes when you apply to be a permanent resident or U.S. Citizen. The immigration law process can take a lot of time when done properly, even without mistakes. Avoiding mistakes is important because you don’t want to cause unnecessary delays. Kitay Law Offices will help secure your loved ones a piece of the American Dream.

Who can apply?

A permanent resident (green card holder) or U.S. citizen can make a family-based petition.family-based petition helps a family member get a U.S. immigrant visa, which leads to a green card or lawful permanent residence.

Family-based petitions are classified into two categories. Those categories are Immediate Relatives of U.S. Citizens and Family Preference Relatives.

Immediate relatives of U.S. Citizens include:

  • Spouses (same or opposite-sex) of U.S. Citizens
  • Their unmarried children younger than 21 years of age
  • The parents of a U.S. citizen child who is at least 21 years of age
  • Children who are adopted in or out of the United States.

However, it is important to note that those petitioning under the “immediate relatives of U.S. citizens” category have limitations. For example, they are limited by the number of immigrant visas (green cards) given out each year. This is something your immigration lawyer can help you navigate.

Family Preference Relatives are broken up into four categories:

  • First Preference (F1): The person seeking residency must be an unmarried son or daughter of a U.S. citizen at the time the petition is filed. He or she must remain so until receiving the green card. If a beneficiary obtains a good-faith divorce during the long years of waiting for the visa, he or she will become eligible for an immigrant visa as an F1.
  • Second Preference (F2): The person seeking residency must be a spouse (same-sex or opposite-sex), minor child, or an unmarried son or daughter (age 21 and above) of a permanent resident.
  • Third Preference (F3): The person seeking residency is a married son or daughter of a U.S. citizen, their spouses, or their minor children.
  • Fourth Preference (F4): The person seeking residency is a brother or sister of a U.S. citizen, their spouse, or their minor children. Half-brothers, half-sisters and adoptive siblings are also eligible under this category.

The family preference category is subject to annual quotas for visas from each country. The county of origin where the person seeking U.S. residency was born determines the visa quota. For some countries, the waiting period is short; in others, the wait can span decades.

For more information about immigration law, you should speak with an immigration lawyer in Pennsylvania. You can always speak with the experienced attorneys at Kitay Law Offices by calling 888-KITAYLAW or contacting us here.

Frequently Asked Questions

Get answers to your questions about immigration law.

What kinds of immigration cases does Kitay Law Offices handle?

Our immigration lawyers in Pennsylvania handle family-based immigration petitions. Most of our legal assistants and paralegals are from other countries. Consequently, many have been through the immigration process themselves. Therefore, they know what it takes to make your experience as stress-free as possible. Moreover, they are passionate about keeping families together.

Who from my family can help me obtain permanent residence?

A permanent resident (green card holder) or U.S. citizen can petition to help a family member get a U.S. immigrant visa. This petition leads to a green card, or lawful permanent residence. However, this is a tedious process. So, make sure you have an experienced immigration lawyer in Pennsylvania helping with your case.

What exactly is a family-based petition for immigration?

Family-based petitions have two categories: immediate relatives of U.S. citizens and family preference relatives.

The immediate relatives of U.S. citizens who are married (spouses same-sex or opposite-sex) include:

  • Family member of a U.S. citizen, including:
    • Unmarried son or daughter of a U.S. citizen and you are 21 years old or older
    • Married son or daughter of a U.S. citizen
    • Brother or sister of a U.S. citizen who is at least 21 years old
  • Family member of a lawful permanent resident, including:
    • Spouse of a lawful permanent resident
    • Unmarried child under the age of 21 of a lawful permanent resident
    • Unmarried son or daughter of a lawful permanent resident 21 years old or older

Is there a limit to the number of family-based petitions that one family member can make?

Those who fall into the family preference category are subject to annual quotas on visas. The annual quotas are set according to the country of origin where the person seeking U.S. residency is born. In some countries, the waiting period is short. Unfortunately for other countries, the wait can span many years. Either way, the immigration process is tedious, takes a lot of time, and requires careful planning. As a result, you’ll need an experienced immigration attorney in Pennsylvania.

Can my immediate relatives immigrate to the United States on a family-based petition?

Yes, your immediate relative may immigrate to the U.S. on a family based petition. In fact, there is no limitation to the number of immigrants who may qualify under this category. Immediate relatives include: spouses, children and parents of U.S. citizens. However, it is important to be more specific about who the immediate relative category includes. For example, if you are the person seeking a family-based petition, you should know that:

  • A U.S. citizen must be at least 21 years of age in order to sponsor his or her parents
  • Children must be natural-born (legitimate), adopted, step-children and under the age of 21 to qualify
  • A widow or a widower of a U.S. citizen qualifies under this category so long as the person submits a petition within two years of death of their spouse and a remarriage has not occurred
  • Married couples who are together for less than two years at the time the visa application submission receive a two-year period of “conditional residence” status
  • Marriage will be valid by proving that the parties lived together, purchased assets jointly, and combined their income in joint accounts.

If you have questions about this, you should speak with an immigration lawyer in Pennsylvania.

Will my immigration status be effected if I am convicted of a crime?

Yes, it can. Convictions of “crimes of moral turpitude” can affect your ability to stay in the United States. Thus, if you are trying to obtain legal status and facing criminal charges, you should contact one of the experienced criminal defense/immigration attorneys at Kitay Law Offices immediately. This is a tough situation. However, don’t just assume that there is nothing you can do. As a result, Kitay Law Offices can help you.

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