The Family Preference Immigrant Visas are for certain more distant family relations of a U.S. citizen, or a family member of a lawful permanent resident.
Family preference is given to a specific number of individuals each fiscal year. The categories include:
F1 – First Preference
These are limited to about 23,400 each year and are granted to unmarried sons and daughters and any of their minor children.
F2 – Second Preference
Approximately 114,200 visas each year are granted to spouses, minor children and unmarried children over the age of 21.
F3 – Third Preference
Married sons and daughter of legal permanent residents will be given third preference. Only 23,400 applications will be granted admittance.
F4 – Fourth Preference
Siblings of legal residents and their spouses along with minor children will be granted fourth preference. 65,000 of these applications are approved each year.
There are numerous different types of visas and petitions that may be right for your case, so it is always advised that you seek representation of a trusted attorney. Almost every family situation will have a corresponding visa and understanding the laws regarding immigration can be difficult. Do not try to navigate the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services alone. Instead, contact the Law Offices of Simone Bertollini today!