Family based immigration

Family based immigration allows U.S. citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents (green card holders) to sponsor certain family members for lawful permanent residency (green cards).

U.S. citizens may sponsor their spouse, unmarried or married children, parents, and brothers and sisters for green cards. A U.S. Citizen may also sponsor their fiancé (a K1 visa) or their spouse (a K3 visa) for visas that allow them to come to the United States faster and subsequently obtain a green card while in the United States. Green card holders may only sponsor their spouse and unmarried children.

There are two types of family-based immigrant visas:


Immediate Relative

These visas are based on a close family relationship with a U.S. citizen, such as a spouse, child (unmarried and under 21) or parent. The number of immigrants in these categories is not limited each fiscal year.

Family Preference

These visas are for specific, more distant, family relationships with a U.S. citizen and some specified relationships with a Lawful Permanent Resident. The number of immigrants in these categories is limited each fiscal year.

The Law Offices of Lakshmi Lakshmanan, Ltd. can assist with the following family-based visa options:


Immigrant Visa Petitions (petition I-130)


Fiancé (K1, K2) / Spousal (K3, K4) visas


Green-card renewals


Removal of Conditions on lawful permanent residency


Adjustment of Status to a lawful permanent resident


Change of Status to a non-immigrant (temporary) visa


Child Status Protection Act (CSPA)


U.S. Naturalization (Citizenship)

In addition, the Law Offices of Lakshmi Lakshmanan, Ltd. can assist individuals with responses to requests for evidence (RFEs), financial affidavits of support (I-864 and I-134 petitions), appeals, motions to reopen / reconsider, public charge/declaration of self-sufficiency, etc.

Please contact our office to schedule a consultation to review your family-based immigration visa options.

Contact us today to schedule an appointment.

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Skokie, IL 60077


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