This varies depending on the complexity of the case, as well as the reputation and experience of the attorney. Cases vary in exactly what people want and what they may actually qualify for regarding immigration. There are two groups of family immigrant visa categories: immediate relatives and family preference categories. On average, most immigration cases are resolved for under $5,000. The law is verbose and the paperwork must be filed correctly in order to avoid costly delays.
Under the immediate relative immigrant visa, if you have a close family member that falls under one of the following categories, you could file for a visa.
- Parent of a U.S. citizen who is at least 21 years of age
- Orphan to be adopted in the U.S. by a U.S. citizen
- Orphan adopted abroad by a U.S. citizen
- Unmarried Child under 21 years of age of a U.S. citizen
- Spouse of a U.S. Citizen
Under the family preference immigrant visa, specific distant family relationships with a U.S. citizen and other specified relationships with a lawful permanent resident can allow some individuals to file for a visa.
- Siblings of U.S. citizens that are 21 years of age and their minor children and spouses
- Married children of U.S. citizens and their minor children and spouses
- Unmarried children of U.S. citizens that are 21 years of age of Lawful Permanent Residents, their minor children and spouses
- Unmarried children of U.S. Citizens and their minor children
You could fall under one of these categories and still be forced to wait if the number of qualified applicants for a particular category of visas exceeds the available number of permitted immigrant visas. This would fall under an immigration wait and visas will be issued in the chronological order in which petitions were filed using their priority date, or filing date. Having a lawyer from Barbeito and Hiatt can help you through the mountain of questions and paperwork to help get your paperwork filed in a timely manner. Click here to find out how to contact our office