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Family Immigration

  • Immediate Relatives
  • Preferred Immigrants
  • LGBT Immigration
  • Naturalization & Citizenship

Oasis Law Group can guide you through the following family based immigration processes:

  • Green Card (Permanent Resident) Applications for family members
  • Visa Petitions for Family Members
  • Fiancé Green Card Petitions
  • Processing for Nonimmigrant Visas
  • Employment Authorization
  • Citizenship Applications
  • Deportation Proceedings

Immediate Relatives of U.S. citizens

Family-Based Immigration generally can be classified into two main categories:

  • Immediate relatives of U.S. citizens
  • Preference immigrants (subject to quota restrictions)

The term “immediate relative(s)” includes certain immigrant relatives of U.S. citizens. Immediate relatives including:

  • Spouses of U.S. citizens
  • Children (unmarried and under 21) of U.S. citizens
  • Parents of U.S. citizens (The petitioning citizen must be 21 or older)

For immediate relatives of U.S. citizens, visas are always available, which means that your family member does not need to wait in line for a visa.

Preference Immigrants

Preference categories apply to family members who are not immediate relatives. Preference categories include the following:

  • First preference: Unmarried, adult sons and daughters of U.S. citizens (adult means 21 or older.)
  • Second Preference (2A): Spouses of green card holders, unmarried children (under 21) of permanent residents
  • Second Preference (2B): Unmarried adult sons and daughters of permanent residents
  • Third Preference: Married sons and daughters (any age) of U.S. citizens
  • Fourth Preference: Brothers and sisters of adult U.S. citizensThe visas available for preference categories are subject to annual numerical limits. A visa becomes available to a preference category based on the priority date (the date the Form I-130 was filed).

LGBT immgration

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) immigrants face unique and difficult challenges.  Oasis Law Group supports legal reforms that acknowledge the challenges faced by LGBT immigrants and is committed to providing legal services and supporting LGBT immigrants.

We understand LGBT immigrants often face difficult challenges because of issues that arise in connection with their sexual orientation or gender identity (SOGI), including the process of identifying as LGBT and being recognized as a LGBT in one's community. These processes can be particularly difficult for immigrants who have fled their country of origin due to SOGI-based persecution or those who may fear social isolation from their community in the United States.

Facing these difficult challenges, LGBT immigrants require an experienced and competent legal counsel who can resolve their legal issues effectively, and at the same time understand the culture and social needs of LGBT immigrants.

Naturalization & Citizenship

Naturalization

Naturalization is the process for a foreign citizen to become a U.S. citizen by fulfilling certain requirements.

Generally, you may qualify for naturalization if:

  • You have been a permanent resident for at least 5 years (or 3 years or more in some cases)
  • You have qualifying service in the U.S. armed forces
  • Your child may qualify for naturalization if you are a U.S. citizen, the child was born outside the U.S., the child is residing outside the U.S
  • We can help you evaluate your specific situation and assist you with the naturalization process.   

Citizenship

You can become a U.S. citizen either at birth or after birth.

To become a citizen at birth, you must:

  • Have been born in the United States or territories subject to the jurisdiction of the United States; OR    
  • Had a parent or parents who were citizens at the time of your birth (if you were born abroad)

To become a citizen after birth, you can become a U.S. citizen by “acquiring” citizenship through parents naturalization.

  • For a child born abroad to a U.S. citizen parent or parents, the child may become a U.S. citizen by “acquiring” citizenship from one or both of his or her parents.
  • If a child's parents are noncitizen but they obtain citizenship by naturalization before the child becomes 18 years old, the child can also obtain citizenship.
  • If your parents are U.S. citizen, we can help you evaluate your specific situation and provide guidance with your eligibility.

Oasis Law Group can guide you through the following family based immigration processes:

  • Green Card (Permanent Resident) Applications for family members
  • Visa Petitions for Family Members
  • Fiancé Green Card Petitions
  • Processing for Nonimmigrant Visas
  • Employment Authorization
  • Citizenship Applications
  • Deportation Proceedings

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