Answering Your Family Immigration Questions
The United States has made it its policy to encourage and foster the growth of strong families. To this end, U.S. allows natural-born citizens, naturalized citizens and legal residents to apply to bring family members into the country.
From offices in Oakland, Bean + Lloyd LLP has helped hundreds of clients in California and across the country obtain visas for their close relatives, spouses, children, fiancés and fiancées. An attorney at our firm can evaluate your situation, educate you about the family visa process, prepare visa applications for family members, and seek to overcome obstacles which may lie in the way to legal residency.
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California Family Visa Lawyer
While the U.S. encourages family reunification, it places strict rules on who may come to the U.S. and how that occurs. Failure to follow these rules can place your visa application in jeopardy.
A U.S. citizen can apply for visas for:
- A fiancé or fiancée (K-1 visa)
- A spouse (K-3 visa)
- Parents (if the citizen is at least 21 years of age)
- Married or unmarried children over 21 years of age
- Married children under 21 years of age, including stepchildren
- Brothers and sisters (if citizen is at least 21 years of age)
A legal permanent resident can apply for visas for:
- A spouse
- Unmarried children
Bean + Lloyd LLP can prepare your family visa petition and assist you through the entire process. Often, these involve consular processing, meaning that your petition comes through a local U.S. embassy or consulate in the home country. Our firm understands this process, the paperwork involved, and how to overcome obstacles which may prevent a petition from being granted.
Family Visa Application Matters Can Be Complex
Some situations can present serious problems for the family visa applicant. If the visa applicant is living in the U.S. illegally, a family visa application can be denied. This can also occur due to a criminal conviction. Our attorneys understand immigration law and how to use it to our clients’ advantage. Depending on your particular circumstances, we may be able to use the law to overcome these problems and help you attain your family visa objective.