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Family Based Visas

At Sethi & Mazaheri, our immigration lawyers have helped numerous families in the US reunite with their family abroad in all categories of family-based green cards.  Additionally, our attorneys regularly help file petitions for family members of US citizens who reside in the county and want to adjust their status here.  Our possesses the expertise and experience to help individuals in wide variety of circumstances obtain permanent residence in the US.  

Categories of Family Based Visas
Family-based immigrant visas fall into two categories: Immediate Relative and Family Preference. The number of immigrant visas issued to Immediate Relatives of U.S. citizens is unlimited meaning that the beneficiary will receive an immigrant visa shortly after the approval of the petitioner's I-130. Family Preference visas which are for relatives of U.S. citizens and legal permananet residents, have annual limitations meaning that a beneficiary will have to wait a considerable amount of time to receive the actual visa even the approval of the I-130. The visa bulletin, which is published monthly on the USCIS website shows how long a beneficiary will have to wait to receive a visa.

The following individuals qualify under the Immediate Relatives classification:

  • Spouse of a United States citizen;

  • Parent of a U.S. citizen over the age of 21;

  • Children of a US citizen (though the children must be unmarried and below 21);

  • Child adopted in or outside of the U.S. by U.S. citizen(s)


The following individuals qualify under the Family Preference classification:

  • Preference Number 1: Adult children of U.S. citizens and their minor children;

  • Preference Number 2: Spouses, children under 18 and unmarried children (over 21) of legal permanent residents (LPRs);

  • Preference Number 3: Married children of U.S. citizens, their spouses and children;

  • Preference Number 4: Siblings of U.S. citizens, their spouses and children (petitioner must be over 21 years old).


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If you fall into one of the above categories, please contact us at 646.397.1287 or 201.606.2267 or email us at for a free consultation about your case.


Locations :

NY Office:

26 Broadway, 21st Floor

New York, NY 10004

Phone: 646-405-9846

NJ Location:

121 Newark Ave., 5th Floor

Jersey City, NJ 07302

Phone: 201-606-2267

VA Office: 

1727 King St., #300

Alexandria, VA 22314

Phone: 703-791-9279

(Federal immigration practice only)

Sethi & Mazaheri
26 Broadway, 21st Floor, New York, NY 10004
Broadway New York 10004 USA 646.397.1287
9 Polifly Road, 2nd Floor, Hackensack, NJ 07601
Hackensack New Jersey 07601 USA 201-606-2267
2050 Ballenger Ave., Suite 200, Alexandria, VA 22314
Alexandria Virginia 22314 USA 703.791.9279