Family-Based Green Cards Are Available

Q. What is the most important asset a foreign national wishing to live in the U.S. can have?

A. A relative who is either a U.S. citizen or a holder of permanent resident status.

Family-based green cards and visas are available, if your relative is a U.S. citizen or has a green card himself or herself. Immediate relatives enjoy a special preference status. They do not have to wait till a visa number is available.

Who Is Eligible For Family-Based Green Cards?

These are the orders of preference for family-based immigration:

  1. U.S. citizens may petition for close relatives to be issued visas. Close relatives include spouses, unmarried children under 21 and parents of U.S. citizen petitioners 21 or older.
  2. Less-immediate family members may be admitted after waiting for a visa number to be available: unmarried sons or daughters over 21, married children, and brothers and sisters of U.S. citizen petitioners (applicants must be 21 or older).
  3. Family members of permanent residents. This category includes spouses and unmarried children of the petitioning green card holder. There is usually a waiting period for an immigrant visa number to become available.
  4. Special situations. These include battered spouses or children (VAWA); fiancé(e)s of a U.S. citizen and children under 21; persons born to a foreign diplomat in the U.S.; V nonimmigrants; and widow(er)s of U.S. citizens.

How Harrison-Donaldson Became A Family-Based Immigration Law Firm

Our Dallas office came into being to serve businesses in the Dallas-Fort Worth metro. We were almost exclusively an employment-based immigration law firm. We helped bring many hundreds of talented workers to our area, and they in turn often wish to be with the people they love most. And so, over the years, we have morphed into a family-based immigration law firm, as well.


Harrison-Donaldson, Attorney at Law — we know how important it is to you to move past the bureaucracy of immigration law. Let our lawyers help. Call us at our Dallas, Texas, office at 972-746-2314, or describe your needs by email.

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