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Family Based Immigration.

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Connecticut Family Based Immigration.

U.S. Immigration Law favors families.

Of the two major types of immigrant visas-family based and employment based-the first one is treated most preferentially by the United States government. As evidence of this, consider the fact that there is no yearly limit on the number of visas available to immediate relatives of U.S. citizens. Even for those categories of individuals whose visas are subject to annual quotas, there are almost twice as many visas available as there are for immigration based on employment. The unlimited category of family immigration visas is the Immediate Relative visa, of which there are five subcategories-each of these is labeled as IR-1, IR-2, etc.

Immediate relative visas are available for those who have the following relationships to U.S. citizens:

  • Spouses

  • Unmarried Children Under 21 Years of Age

  • Orphans Adopted Abroad

  • Orphans to Be Adopted Upon Arrival in the U.S.

  • Parents of Citizens Over the Age of 21 Years

There are additionally four categories of Family Preference immigrant visas. The Immigration and Nationality Act allocates approximately 226,000 visas for individuals in this category on an annual basis.

This includes the following;

  • Unmarried Children of U.S. Citizens and Their Minor Children

  • Spouses, Minor Children and Unmarried Adult Children of Lawful Permanent Residents

  • Siblings of Adult U.S. Citizens, and Their Spouses and Minor Children

Before the foreign national can apply for a family immigration visa, his or her relative in the U.S. must file a sponsorship petition, the Form I-130. Once this has been approved, the prospective immigrant may apply for the visa at the local U.S. Consulate or Embassy. In the event that the yearly quota for a family preference visa has been met, the applicant will be assigned a priority date and will be given a visa in the following year.


Connecticut Immigration attorneys at the Koleci Law Office can assist those involved in family based immigration, including both the sponsoring family member and the relative living abroad. Attorney Koleci has extensive experience with the immigration legal system, and as an immigrant himself, he understands how anxious you may be to reunite with your loved ones. Contact us now for an initial consultation to discuss your situation and learn how you can cut through the red tape and help you achieve your goals.

Categories Served

01 - Family Asylum

02 - Family Visas

03 - Fiancé(e) Visas

04 - Employment Visas      


Families who immigrate for protection from persecution in their home countries may be able receive legal immigrant status if their petitions for asylum are approved. 

After your family members have gained legal immigration status, they may decide to apply for citizenship once they are eligible. United States citizenship can be gained through successful completion of the naturalization process.

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