Family Immigration Lawyer Miami at The Law Office of Tatiane M. Silva, P.A.


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Family Immigration Lawyer Miami

It’s not easy being separated from your family, especially when complicated immigration laws prevent you from reuniting. Despite the possibility of bringing your family back together through the family-based immigration pathways, the process can be long and tedious, filled with uncertainty and fear. This is especially true if you are dealing with the process by yourself.

However, seeking help is the first step to reunification. An experienced immigration lawyer from The Law Office of Tatiane M. Silva, P.A. can help you navigate the complex family-based immigration pathways. Learn more about family immigration and how we can help you with the green card process for family.

Family-Based Immigration: What is it?

The family-based immigration pathways allow U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents (LPRs) to bring their family members into the country. In the United States, family-based immigration has been one of the primary sources of legal immigration.

Citizens and LPRs can sponsor specific family members for a green card, including spouses, children, parents, siblings, and other qualifying relatives. To be eligible, the sponsor must meet certain requirements, such as having the financial means to support the family member. The sponsored family member must also meet specific requirements.

There are two types of family-based immigrant visas: immediate relative or family preference.

US Citizens’ Immediate Relatives

Individuals with close family ties to U.S. citizens, such as a spouse, unmarried minor child or parent, are eligible for these visas. There is no limit on how many immigrants can be admitted under this category each fiscal year.

Green Card for Family Preference Immigrants

Family preference immigrant visas are issued to foreign nationals with specific relationships with U.S. citizens and some specified relationships with Lawful Permanent Residents (LPR).

Due to the limited number of immigrants in these categories each fiscal year, there is a high probability of long wait times for these visas.

Family Immigration Process

Here are some of the main steps of the family immigration process if the intending immigrant is abroad:

  • Submit Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative: The U.S. sponsor files a petition with USCIS to prove the relationship with the relative. Form I-130 establishes the relationship between you and your US citizen or LPR petitioner. It begins the process of seeking a green card.

  • Wait for approval: USCIS reviews the petition and sends a notice of approval to the sponsor and the relative. If the petition is rejected or further documentation is needed, you will receive a notice from USCIS.

  • Pay fees and submit forms and documents: You must pay the required fees and complete the online visa application form.

  • Schedule and attend a medical examination: You must undergo a medical examination by an authorized physician.

  • Attend a visa interview: You must attend an interview at the U.S. embassy or consulate.

  • Receive a visa decision: If the visa is approved, you will receive your passport with a visa stamp and a sealed packet of documents.

  • Become a lawful permanent resident. You can then travel to the U.S., but you must do so before the visa expires. You will receive your green card in the mail at your US address.

How an Immigration Lawyer Miami Can Help Family with Your Case

If you want to reunite your family in the United States, an immigration lawyer in Miami can help. At The Law Office of Tatiane M. Silva, P.A., we can help you in several ways, including the following:

  • Advising you on your legal options and helping you make informed decisions: There are different visas and green cards available for family members. The eligibility requirements depend on your relationship with the petitioner. One of our immigration lawyers can help you understand your legal options for your family.

  • Preparing and filing the necessary paperwork: The immigration process can be paperwork-intensive. Our team can help you gather all the required documents and ensure that all documents are correctly filled out and submitted.

  • Helping you prepare for your immigration interview: We can help you prepare for your visa interview by practicing common questions and guiding you on how to answer questions. Our team will also review your documents to make sure they are in order and give you an idea of what to expect.

  • Helping you appeal the USCIS denial: If your application is denied, your immigration lawyer can also assist you with preparing and filing a waiver, or request to reopen or reconsider. Get in touch with us today to learn more about our services and see if we are the right fit for you.

How The Law Office of TATIANE M. SILVA, P.A. Can Help With Your Family Immigration Case

At The Law Office of Tatiane M. Silva, P.A. we understand the intricacies of the immigration system and just how important it is for you to reunite with your family. Our family immigration lawyers can help clients with family-based immigration cases.

With our immigration attorneys, you will receive personalized guidance to ensure your application is prepared correctly and submitted. We will examine your situation and explain your legal options to you. Our attorneys can also assist you with immigration court hearings and appeals.

Additionally, our immigration team has assisted individuals throughout the United States and abroad to achieve their American dream. It would be our pleasure to assist you with your immigration goals as well.

Get in contact with our professional immigration team to get started on your immigration journey. Please let us know how we can help. Call us now to schedule a consultation with an experienced immigration attorney.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Is the Difference Between a Temporary Visa and a Permanent Visa?

With a nonimmigrant (temporary) visa, foreigners can enter a country for a specific purpose for a limited time and are not allowed to stay permanently. It could be for tourism, medical treatment, business, temporary work, study, or other similar reasons.

Immigrant visas grant the holder permanent residence, which grants the right to live and work in the U.S. permanently. They provide more rights and privileges, such as the right to apply for citizenship.

Immigrant visas are usually more challenging to obtain than nonimmigrant visas. 

What Are the Different Types of Temporary Visas?

There are many different types of temporary visas, including:

  • B-1/B-2 visa: This visa is for tourists and business visitors.

  • F-1 visa: This visa is for students who want to study in the United States.

  • J-1 visa: This visa is for exchange visitors.

  • H-1B visa: This visa is for specialty occupations.

  • L-1 visa: This visa is for intracompany transferees.


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