Family Immigration Lawyer for Permanent Residence

For more than 25 years, ILG’s L1 Visa Lawyers have committed themselves to delivering strategic and resilient legal advocacy for US immigration to clients globally. Each client and every case holds paramount importance for us, as we firmly advocate for the substantial advantages that immigration offers to the United States.

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What is a Family Based Immigration Green Card

Embarking on the journey to obtain a family-based immigration green card involves navigating a complex world of immigration laws and procedures. At its core, this process aims to reunite family members in the United States, granting them lawful permanent residency. A family-based immigration green card is secured through meticulous legal processes, and having an experienced family immigration lawyer is crucial. It is a document that grants lawful permanent residency to family members of U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents.

Family-based immigrant visas come in two main categories. Immediate relative visas are granted based on close family ties with a U.S. citizen, encompassing relationships such as spouse, child, or parent. On the other hand, family preference visas are designated for more distant family connections with a U.S. citizen and certain relationships with a Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR). The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is responsible for overseeing immigration matters, including the assessment and determination of approval or denial for immigrant petitions. Immigration Group can navigate family immigration law with precision.

Family Based Green Card Requirements

Unlocking the door to permanent residence through family-based green cards involves understanding the unique requirements that apply to various family relationships.

The primary requirement for all Family Based Green Cards is that the individual in the U.S. must possess a valid U.S. address, and their immigration status must be verified as either U.S. citizens or Lawful Permanent Residents.

Applicants must fulfill specific criteria to ensure a successful application. Firstly, a clean criminal record is mandatory for all applicants. Furthermore, providing compelling proof of family relations with the U.S. resident is of utmost importance in the application process.

Moreover, the documentation requirements vary based on the nature of the familial relationship. In cases of spousal relationships, a valid marriage certificate is a necessary document to be submitted. For parent-child or sibling relationships, presenting a valid birth certificate is essential to establish and validate the familial connection. These additional criteria and specific documentation play a pivotal role in ensuring that the immigration process complies with the legal standards set by U.S. immigration authorities.

Family Based Green Card Application Process

Understanding the intricate steps involved in securing a Family Based Green Card is crucial for families seeking permanent residence in the United States. Our expert Family Immigration Attorney is here to guide you through each step of the process.

Filing the Petition

Initiate the process by filing Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relatives, submitted to USCIS. This detailed form, requiring careful completion and a processing fee, sets the stage for your Family Based Green Card journey.

NVC Processing

Once approved, the National Visa Center (NVC) takes center stage, issuing a comprehensive package to applicants abroad. This includes vital case numbers and invoice IDs essential for initiating applications at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate.

Applying for the IR-2 Visa

Immediate Relative visa applicants can commence the application process at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate without delay. However, Family Preference visa applicants must wait for their priority date to be current. Steps include filing Form DS-260, completing medical examinations, and adhering to vaccination requirements.

Compile Documents

Create a comprehensive file, including a valid passport, Form I-864 (Affidavit of Support), DS-260 confirmation, medical records, photographs, and any additional documents requested by the NVC. This meticulous compilation is crucial for NVC review.

Attend Interview

All applicants must attend a mandatory interview at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate. The NVC ensures all required documents are submitted before scheduling the interview, where applicants provide answers to questions posed by the interviewer.

Receive NVC Packet and Travel to the U.S.

Upon approval, travel to the U.S. is permitted. The stamped visa in the passport, accompanied by an unopened NVC package, is presented at the U.S. point of entry for official inspection. This marks the beginning of your exciting journey toward permanent residence in the United States.

Why ILG and How We Help

Understanding immigration law, particularly regarding family-based immigration green cards, can be intricate. Here’s why it’s essential to enlist the help of a skilled family-based immigration green card attorney:

Comprehensive Understanding of Immigration Law

A seasoned family-based immigration green card attorney specializes in immigration law, ensuring a deep comprehension of the complex legal aspects involved in the application process. This expertise is crucial in crafting a strong application that fulfills all requirements. We are a Washington, DC-based immigration law firm with over two decades of experience, thoroughly versed in all aspects of immigration law.

Customized Immigration Solutions for Your Unique Circumstances

Each family-based immigration green card case is distinct, necessitating a tailored approach. A proficient immigration attorney evaluates your individual situation, whether you’re establishing a new office, transferring employees, or pursuing permanent residency. This personalized strategy enhances the chances of success.

Proven Track Record of Success

Glen Wasserstein, a lawyer who has been featured on NBC, BBC, and Fox News, regularly appears on national television to discuss immigration matters. A seasoned family immigration attorney with a history of success demonstrates their adeptness in navigating the complexities of immigration law. This track record of accomplishments instills confidence in clients seeking dependable immigration solutions.

Family Based Green Card Documents Needed

Here’s a comprehensive guide to the essential documents needed for a seamless application process, ensuring your compelling case is presented to the National Visa Center (NVC).

Documents Needed

Valid Passport:
Your passport must remain valid for over 6 months post your planned entry into the U.S., ensuring a smooth immigration process.

Form I-864, Affidavit of Support:
This signed document from the U.S. petitioner demonstrates financial capability, a crucial aspect of your application.

Form DS-260, Immigrant Visa Electronic Application:
Submit the Form DS-260, indicating your intent to immigrate and providing essential details for your application process.

Form DS-260 Confirmation Page:
This page serves as proof of successfully submitting the Immigrant Visa Electronic Application, a critical step in the process.

Medical Examination and Vaccination Documents:
Fulfill U.S. health requirements with necessary check-ups and vaccinations, ensuring you meet the country's health standards.

US Visa Photographs:
Provide two photographs per individual adhering to U.S. Photo Requirements, an important visual element for your application.

Court and Criminal Records/Police Certificate:
Submit records verifying a clean legal history, reinforcing your eligibility for a Family Based Green Card.

Military Records (if applicable):
If you served in the military, include relevant records to complete your comprehensive application file.

Trust an immigration lawyer in DC to meticulously guide you through the family immigration process, ensuring your document compilation aligns seamlessly with NVC standards. Secure permanent residence with confidence and ease.

Family Based Green Card Duration

Visa Duration or Validity

The journey to permanent residence involves varying processing times, influenced by factors such as the type of green card and application location. Applying from within the United States, spouses and immediate relatives of U.S. citizens can expect a wait of 13.5–20.5 months through adjustment of status, while spouses of U.S. green card holders and other relatives may face a longer wait, typically two years or more.

For those applying from outside the United States via consular processing, spouses and immediate relatives of U.S. citizens can anticipate a wait of 13.5–15 months, while all other green card categories are subject to varying wait times, dictated by country caps. Whether you're a potential immigrant family member, an immediate relative, or exploring family sponsorship options, trust us to navigate timelines for permanent residence efficiently.

Visa Renewal 

Renewing your Family Based Green Card is a straightforward process with our expert guidance. Follow these steps:

1. Application Submission: Complete a renewal application online or by mail.

2. Document Gathering: Gather supporting documents essential for your renewal.

3. Fee Payment: Pay government fees if required for the renewal process.

4. Application Submission: Submit your renewal application and patiently await your new green card.

Even if your green card expires, your lawful U.S. permanent resident status persists for life, unless certain conditions apply. An expired green card simply indicates the need for the latest version, essential for proving your lawful residence and facilitating seamless re-entry after international travel.

Client Reviews

What an amazing team to work with. SO grateful for Jen, Catherine and the whole team, who worked so hard and were so patient with us through this whole process of obtaining our green cards. They are truly experts and can be trusted without a doubt to help you with your immigration needs! Utmost professionals and a pleasure to work with.

Sarah C.

Immigration Law Group has a wonderful team of lawyers. They handled my h1b and permanent residence paperwork in a way that really made me feel comfortable and brought me peace through a very stressful time. they are on top of things and always answered my questions in a timely manner. I highly recommend them if you want to make sure everything goes perfectly.

Kiran M.

Everyone at Immigration Law Group, from the attorneys to support staff, have been nothing but helpful, well-informed, and courteous to me from the start until now. Jen, and Catherine in particular, have been super helpful in explaining complicated procedures and processes in easy to understand ways–yet not dumbing down to the level where they are leaving out important details. I feel confident and knowledgeable with ILG working on my case, and there’s a personal level of communication and trust, which also puts me at ease during a difficult and tricky process. I highly recommend Immigration Law Group–I’m so glad I found them!

Andrew O.

We are very satisfied with the Immigration Law Group and the services they had provided us so far. They have very capable staff that is always on top of our cases and help us navigate them successfully. We have had great success with all cases and their rates are very reasonable. They know Immigration law better than any other law firm we worked with. I would recommend them without hesitation!

Alina T.


Yes, both U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents can sponsor immediate family members, including spouses, children, and parents, through family based immigration.

Unmarried sons and daughters can be sponsored through family based immigration. The sponsoring family member, whether a citizen or lawful permanent resident, initiates the process by filing the appropriate petition.

A family based immigration lawyer, as a legal professional with extensive experience, can provide crucial legal guidance. They ensure accurate filing, help avoid even small mistakes, and maximize immigration benefits for sponsored family members.


Yes, family based immigration has preferences. Immediate family members, such as spouses and minor children, have higher priority (first preference) over more distant relatives like married children (fourth preference). These preferences impact processing times.

Good moral character is a key factor in immigration goals. It ensures eligibility for various immigration benefits, especially for family visas. Even a small mistake or a lack of good moral character can significantly impact the application’s success and the lawful permanent residency status of the sponsored family member.

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