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.
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:
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:
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.
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.