Family Petitions

Family-Sponsored Immigration Petitions "Immediate Relatives" of a U.S. Citizen

"Immediate Relatives" refers to parents, spouses and children "who are unmarried and under 21 years of age" of a U.S. citizen. Immediate relatives of a U.S. citizen can immigrate to the United States without being subject to any numerical restrictions, unlike other close family members of U.S. citizens and/or permanent residents. Namely, they can apply for the permanent resident status usually without being subject to extensive delays. Other close family members of U.S. citizens or permanent residents, are divided into several groups called "Preferences". Each Preference is given a numerical quota per year to limit the number of immigrants admitted into the United States. For more information on immediate relatives of a U.S. citizen, please contact Mr. John A. Nicelli Esq., please call (212) 227-8020. Make an appointment for a consultation.

Other Close Family Members of a U.S. Citizen

Other close family members of a U.S. citizen can qualify to Immigrate to the United States, but unlike immediate relatives of a U.S. citizen, they are subject to a numerical limit of Immigrant Visas available to them each year. Close family members are divided into several groups called "Preferences". The higher the Preference, the quicker the alien will be eligible to receive a green card. For
information on other close family members of a U.S. citizen, contact Mr. John A. Nicelli Esq., (212) 227-8020,

Family Members of Permanent Residents

Spouses and unmarried children of a permanent resident can apply for a green card based on the family relationship. . They are categorized as the "Second Preference" group of people who are eligible for immigration to the United States. For information on other "Second Preference" group of people who are eligible for immigration to the United States please contact Mr. John A. Nicelli Esq.,(212)227-8020.