Working to Keep Families Together Through Immigration in the Chicago Area
Immigration laws in the United States have the potential to separate many families, and this separation can be lengthy or even permanent. At Minsky, McCormick & Hallagan, P.C., our goal is to assist with family-based immigration solutions to keep families together and strong whenever possible.
We work to help clients lawfully come to the United States to join their families or remain in the U.S. by defending against deportation and removal. If you have any type of family immigration matter, you want our experienced immigration attorneys on your side. Contact the office today to discuss your particular situation and how we might help.
Extensive Experience with Family-Based Immigration
There are many ways that immigration law address family-based matters, including for spouses, children, parents, or siblings of permanent residents or United States citizens. There are many types of visas potentially available for certain family members under the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). However, obtaining available visas is not always a simple process.
The specific process and availability of visas depend largely on your family relationships, and there are unlimited visas available for immediate family members. These family members include:
- Spouses of United States citizens
- Children of U.S. citizens who are younger than 21 and unmarried
- Children adopted by U.S. citizens when they were younger than 16
- Parents of U.S. citizens if the citizen is over age 21
Visas for other family members – called family-preference immigrants – face limitations when it comes to the number of available visas each year. Family members who might seek one of these limited visas include:
- Unmarried children of U.S. citizens and any minor children they might have
- Spouses and children who are unmarried and younger than 21 of legal permanent residents
- Married children of United States citizens, including their spouses and children
- Siblings of U.S. citizens who are at least 21 years old, as well as their spouses and children
If more people apply for family-preference visas than the number of available visas, the applications should be processed in the chronological order they were received. The waiting period to receive a visa can be long, and many non-immediate family members might not receive a visa for years after applying. It is important to start the process as soon as possible. You should also always have the proper legal assistance, which can work to avoid any unnecessary delays and reunite you with your family in the United States as soon as possible. Never hesitate to reach out to learn more about our family-based immigration services.
Learn How a Family Immigration Attorney in Chicago Can Assist You
The law firm of Minsky McCormick & Hallagan has been dedicated to helping families live and stay together in the United States since 1975. We have seen many changes in the immigration system, and we can provide the assistance you need. Contact us to set up an appointment to speak with a family immigration attorney in Chicago today.