Family-Based Immigration

Two groups of family-based immigrant visa categories – immediate relatives and family preference – are provided under the provisions of United States immigration law, specifically the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA).  You can learn more about these two categories of immigrant visas on

To apply for an immediate relative or family preference immigrant visas, follow the steps on the Immigrant Visa Process on  Once you have completed those steps, review the instructions given to you by the National Visa Center (NVC), along with the information presented on this website, for further guidance and instructions.

The immigrant visa process begins when an American citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident files a petition with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) of the Department of Homeland Security. U.S. citizens may file petitions for their fiancé(e), children, spouses, parents, and siblings. Lawful Permanent Residents may file petitions for their unmarried children and spouses.

For additional information regarding the petition process, please follow the USCIS links below.