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Family-Based Immigration Attorney in Carlsbad, California

Family-based immigration falls under three main categories, immediate relatives, preference relatives, and fiancé(e)s. North County Legal®, APC can help you evaluate the best way to help you be united with your loved ones.

Immediate Relatives

Immediate relatives are

  • Spouse of a U.S. citizen

  • Unmarried child under the age of 21 of a U.S. citizen

  • Parent of a U.S. citizen who is at least 21 years old

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Preference Relatives

U.S. immigration law allows certain foreign nationals who are family members of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents to become lawful permanent residents (get a Green Card) based on specific family relationships.

Preference relatives are those that fall into the following categories:

  • Family member of a U.S. citizen, meaning you are the:

    • Unmarried son or daughter of a U.S. citizen and you are 21 years old or older

    • Married son or daughter of a U.S. citizen

    • Brother or sister of a U.S. citizen who is at least 21 years old

  • Family member of a lawful permanent resident, meaning you are the:

    • Spouse of a lawful permanent resident

    • Unmarried child under the age of 21 of a lawful permanent resident

    • Unmarried son or daughter of a lawful permanent resident 21 years old or older