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Baltimore Family Immigration Lawyers

Sponsor Your Family for Permanent Residency

Griffith Immigration Law is here to help you seek ideal outcomes in bringing family members to the United States. We have worked diligently to represent those in need of assistance with navigating the complex immigration process for decades.

If you need help with a family immigration matter, such as a green card, we can help prepare your case with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to create a new life for your loved ones. We will work closely with your husbands, wives, fathers, mothers, sons, and daughters to help them legally enter the United States. 

Our family immigration lawyers and staff understand that lives, families, and futures are at stake when taking on the immigration system. We offer friendly and affordable legal services in Baltimore as we proceed with the family-based process.

Discuss your case with a Baltimore family immigration attorney. We offer virtual consultations and Spanish-language services. Contact us at (410) 883-9157

Overview of Family-Based Immigration in Baltimore

Family immigration is a process that allows U.S. citizens and green card holders to sponsor certain family members for permanent residency in the United States. The process, also known as “adjustment of status” for those already in the U.S., differs slightly for each category. 

For U.S. citizens, family immigration involves filing a family visa petition, also known as Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative, on behalf of your eligible family member. Immediate relatives, including spouses, parents, and unmarried children under 21, have a higher priority and are not subject to annual numerical limits. This means they generally have quicker processing times and do not need to wait for a visa to become available.

On the other hand, lawful permanent residents (green card holders) can sponsor certain family members under the family preference categories. These categories include spouses and children and unmarried sons and daughters (over 21 years old). Due to annual numerical limits, these visas have longer waiting times to become available in these categories.

The Application Process

An immigrant must undergo a three-step process to get permanent residency, which is critical to gaining citizenship. The whole process may take several years, depending on the type of immigrant category and the country of birth.

Immigrant Petition

In the first step, the (USCIS) approves the immigrant petition by a qualifying sponsor, such as a relative, an employer, or, in rare cases, such as with an investor visa, the applicant himself. If a sibling is applying, they must have the same parents as the applicant.

Immigrant Visa Availability

In the second step, unless the applicant is an “immediate relative,” an immigrant visa number through the National Visa Center (NVC) of the United States Department of State (DOS) must be available. 

A visa number might not be immediately available even if the USCIS approves the petition because the amount of immigrant visa numbers is limited every year by quotas set in the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). Also, certain additional limitations exist by country of birth. 

Thus, most immigrants will wait for their visa number approval. As mentioned above, those immigrants who are immediate relatives of U.S. citizens are not subject to these quotas and may proceed to the next step immediately since they qualify for the IR (immediate relative) immigrant category.

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Get Proven Legal Help from Griffith Immigration Law

Navigating the family immigration process can be complex, making the assistance of a trusted immigration lawyer invaluable. 

An experienced attorney can guide you through the application process, help gather the necessary documentation, and ensure all forms are filled out correctly and submitted on time. By working with our firm, you can avoid mistakes that could delay or jeopardize your family members' immigration journey. 

With decades of experience in resolving these matters, our firm is poised to help you achieve your dream of bringing your family together in America. 

Tell us about your case today by contacting us at (410) 883-9157

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