Family-Based Visa Attorneys in St. Petersburg
Let Our Family Help Reunite Yours
There are many paths for immigration to the United States. Family-based visas allow people with family in the United States to live and work in this country. At Rios Immigration Law Firm, our St. Petersburg family-based visas lawyers can guide you through the process. Since 1978, we have helped countless families secure visas for their loved ones.
Call (727) 361-9277 to learn more about the steps for obtaining a family-based visa today.
Types of Family-Based Visas
There are several options for family-based visas. The right type of visa depends on the applicant’s relationship with the U.S. citizen. It is important to apply for the type of visa best suited to your situation in order to get the results you need.
Types of family-based visas include:
- K1 Fiancé Visa – Allows a non-citizen to enter the U.S. to marry a citizen, but the couple must marry within 90 days
- K3 Spouse Visa – Allows a spouse to enter the country while awaiting approval of an I-130 immigrant petition
- Immediate Relative Visa – For spouses, unmarried children, or parents of a U.S. citizen
- Family Preference Visa – Allows family of U.S. citizens or a spouse/unmarried child of a green card holder to enter the country
The family preference visa prioritizes specific family members. The first preference is unmarried children of a citizen who are under the age of 21. Spouses and children of permanent residents have second preference, followed by the married children of U.S. citizens and siblings.
Applying for the wrong type of visa can result in delays or denial. Our St. Petersburg family-based visa attorneys can help you determine the best type for your unique situation.
The Visa Application Process for Family-Based Immigration
The first step in the application process is to determine your eligibility.
In addition to qualifying under a family visa category, you must meet the following eligibility criteria:
- You have a passport valid for a period of at least six months
- You have not committed a disqualifying crime, nor do you have an ongoing criminal case against you
- You have enough finance to support yourself and your dependents
- You can pass a required health test and have no disqualifying communicable diseases
Family visas require relatives to file the petition. Therefor, the next step is to coordinate with your family in the United States. You will need to submit forms to the Department of State and schedule an interview with the consulate in your country. The results of this interview will determine your eligibility for your potential visa.
At the interview, you will need to provide several documents, including:
- Your non-immigrant visa application
- Your valid passport
- An affidavit of support from your family member
- A completed medical exam form.
- Criminal records
- Proof of your family relationship with the U.S. citizen
Because there are limits on these visas, the process can take years. The amount of time depends on the relationship of the applicant to the U.S. citizen.
Let Our Family Help Your Family
Our goal at Rios Immigration Law Firm is to help reunite families. We can assist you with every aspect of the process, from determining eligibility to gathering the required documentation and preparing for the interview. Since 1978, we have developed a track record of success and handled a wide variety of complex immigration cases for our clients and their families.
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“We had a tricky immigration case from the get-go, which only got trickier as time went on. Art was with us every step of the way and stayed positive, yet realistic when we began to lose hope. I can't recommend Art enough.”- Christi
“Mr. Rios is the best immigration lawyer I have ever met, and I met with a few. Don't waste your time going anyplace else. Mr. Rios is the master and the expert, that is why he is a law school professor! Thank you for everything Mr. Rios.”- Client