Fong Ilagan has years of experience in consulting with U.S. citizens to help them sponsor their families into the country. When it comes to immigration issues, you’re going to need a dependable and highly-reviewed advocate from a local law firm.
Our family immigration lawyers are fluent in many languages and are the best professionals you can find to assist you throughout the visa process.
When you come into our office for your initial consultation, you’ll come to find that we top others in regards to family immigration. We answer your questions to the best of our ability, provide quality advice, and offer our reliable presence in your interview and more. Get started with a highly-rated law firm to move your family into the U.S. with you!
Our Family Immigration Law Services
Each family immigration lawyer at Fong Ilagan are equipped to provide the following services:
- Family visa
- Adjustment of status
- Consular visa processing
- Applications for deferred action for childhood arrivals
- Naturalization and citizenship
- Spousal visa
- And more
Your Family’s Rights
U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents (LPRs), by law, are allowed to sponsor qualifying family members for visas that provide permanent residence. With a family immigration lawyer, we’ll make sure that your rights are protected and offered during the process of bringing your family into the U.S.
Family Immigration Requirements
There are two groups that are eligible for family visas. The two groups are broken up into immediate relatives and family preferences. Immediate relatives include:
- Spouses of U.S. citizens
- Unmarried children under 21
- Orphans adopted abroad
- Parents of U.S citizens who are at least 21
Family preference categories include:
- Unmarried children over 21
- Married children of U.S. citizens
- Brothers and sisters of adult U.S. citizens
If you have any other questions regarding if your family member is an immediate relative or a family preference, we can assist.
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Green Card Petitions
Just one step short of citizenship, being a green card holder grants you permanent residency in the U.S. green card holders are allowed to live and work permanently in the country. To be eligible for a green card through family, you must:
- Be an immediate relative of a U.S. citizen – this includes spouses, unmarried children under age 21, and the parents of U.S. citizens age 21 and older
- Be related to a lawful permanent resident
- Be the fiancé of a U.S. citizen or the child of a U.S. citizen’s fiancé
- Be the widow(er) of a U.S. citizen
- Be a victim of battery or abuse who is the spouse or relative of a U.S. citizen
Applying for a green card is easier with the help of a Houston immigration attorney from Fong Ilagan. We can help you put together an application and overcome any roadblocks along the way.
K-1 Fiancé Visas
The K-1 visa is a non-immigrant visa given to the foreign-citizen fiancés of U.S. citizens. Individuals who are granted this visa are allowed to enter the U.S. and marry their U.S. citizen fiancé within 90 days. Once married, the K-1 visa holder may apply for permanent residency. Any children of the K-1 visa holder may also enter the U.S. with a K-2 visa.
In order to qualify for a K-1 visa, you must:
- Be legally able to marry at the time of filing
- Have met your fiancé in person within the last two years (with some exceptions)
- Have evidence of your relationship with the U.S. citizen sponsoring you
- Complete all necessary application paperwork
- Pay required application fees
If you are seeking a fiancé visa, our Houston immigration attorneys can help you understand the necessary steps in the application process. We can help you compile solid evidence and build a strong application.
Immigration Through Adoption
Intercountry adoption is a complex process that allows a U.S. citizen to adopt someone living in a foreign country. The USCIS offers three processes through which someone can immigrate to the U.S. on the basis of adoption:
- The Hague Process
This process allows a U.S. citizen to adopt a child who lives in a country that is party to the Hague Intercountry Adoption Convention.
- The Orphan Process
This process allows a U.S. citizen to adopt a child who lives in a country that is not party to the Hague Intercountry Adoption Convention
- Immediate Relative Process
This process allows a U.S. citizen to adopt a child under certain circumstances – the adoptive child or adult is considered an adopting parent’s child if he/she was adopted before turning 16 or if the adopting parent had legal and physical custody of the child for at least two years while the child was a minor
When it comes to intercountry adoption, every case varies widely and requires the careful attention of a skilled immigration attorney. The team at Fong Ilagan can assess your situation and determine which process is best suited for your family.
U.S. Consulate & Embassy Filings
Though most immigrant petitions are generally filed within the United States, individuals and families who are currently outside of the U.S. may still be able to file petitions through U.S. consulates and embassies. Each family immigration lawyer at our firm has extensive experience with these processes and can assist you with the necessary application, paperwork, and fee payments.
Receive the Help You Need with a Family Immigration Lawyer
Here at Fong Ilagan, we always look forward to serving your family by helping them make their way into the U.S. Contact us to get started on working towards permanent residency, right away.
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