Family-Based Immigration

Caring Immigration Lawyers in Chicago Bring You Together

Our Chicago Immigration Lawyers Help to Unite your Family

Minsky, McCormick & Hallagan, P.C. assists U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents who want their family members to have the same opportunity they had — the chance to live in America. We can help bring them to the United States or help them stay here. Our Chicago immigration lawyers have the extensive experience that you want when trying to bring together your loved ones.

Our Family Immigration Lawyers Have the Experience You Need

Family-based immigration law covers immigration benefits for spouses, children, siblings, and parents of U.S. Citizens or permanent residents. The Immigration and Nationality Act provides an unlimited number of immigrant visas for immediate relatives, however, remaining relatives are subject to country and category limits on the number of visas available each year.

Under the law, immediate relatives include:

  • The spouse of a U.S. Citizen
  • An unmarried child of a U.S. Citizen who is under the age of 21 years old
  • Adopted children of U.S. Citizens who were adopted before the age of 16
  • Parents of a U.S. Citizen when the U.S. Citizen older than 21 years old

Family-preference immigrants face numerical limits, meaning only a certain number of visas are available each year for the below categories. These limits are set each fiscal year.

The family-preference immigrants include, in order of preference:

  1. Unmarried sons and daughters of U.S. citizens and their minor children.
  2. Spouses, minor children, and unmarried sons and daughters 21 years and older of legal permanent residents. At least 75 percent goes to spouses and children. The rest goes to unmarried sons and daughters of legal permanent residents.
  3. Married sons and daughters of U.S. citizens, and their spouses and children.
  4. Brothers and sisters of U.S. citizens, and their spouses and minor children, if the U.S. citizens are at least 21 years old.

According to the U.S. Department of State, if there are more qualified applicants than available immigration visas, available immigration visas are issued in the chronological order that the applications were filed. This filing date is called the priority date, and immigrant visas will not be issued to the applicant until that date is reached.

That waiting period can be several years or more. When time is of the essence, you want help from experienced immigration attorneys. Chicago-based Minsky, McCormick & Hallagan can help you come up with a strategy to deal with these delays.

Call our Chicago Family Immigration Attorneys for Help Reuniting Your Family

Immigration law is the sole focus of our Chicago immigration lawyers. Minsky, McCormick & Hallagan, P.C. has been uniting families since 1975 with our knowledge and experience with immigration law. We can strategize with you to find the right solutions to your problems. Call us at (312) 427-6163 or contact us online. Our office is located in downtown Chicago.


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