Learn more about family-based immigration

All categories of family preference immigrant visas are issued in the chronological order in which the petitions were filed until the numerical limit for the category is reached. The filing date of a petition becomes the applicant 's priority date.


Immigrant visas cannot be issued until an applicant's priority date is reached. In certain heavily oversubscribed categories, there may be a waiting period of several years before a priority date is reached.


Check the Visa Bulletin for the latest priority dates. 


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​​A US citizen or a Permanent Resident of the US may apply for their spouse and children to obtain a green card and move to the US. A US citizen over the age of 21 years old may also apply for his/her parent or siblings to obtain green cards and move to the US.

Depending on the family relationship, the age of the beneficiary and which country they are from, the timing for visa availabilities will vary. Additionally, the long wait times for visas creates complications in many cases as the beneficiaries may “age out” and turn 21 while waiting for visas to become available to them.

We will assist you in determining the best route for your family relatives to obtain their green card and permanent residency. We keep up with the pending laws and changing regulations that are meant to help alleviate the long wait times and the “age out” issues facing so many individuals.

If you cannot find what you are looking for, please contact us at (949) 232-0355 or by email info@boutaleblaw.com

FAMILY-BASED Immigration