Moving to the US? We offer advice and support on family-based visas and green cards.
US Family & Marriage Visa Categories
US family-based immigrant visa categories are divided in two groups: family-based visas that are “immediately” available for spouses, children under 21, and parents of US citizens, and family-based preference categories for those who are related to Lawful Permanent Residents (“green card” holders) and adult children or siblings of US citizens. Those applying under a preference category must wait for a visa number to become available to them which results in a backlog that sometimes results in many years waiting. Although the “immediate” visa category give the impression that it is a quick process to obtain a visa, depending on where the US citizen lives, it could take more than a year to sponsor an immediate family member.