Family Petitions

At Hainer Porras, we understand the importance of keeping family members together. Let us use our expertise and experience to ensure that this process is as stress-free as possible for you and your family.

Family Petitions

Hainer Porras, LLC provides assistance to legal permanent residents and U.S. citizens who would like to file a petition with The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) on behalf of a family member. Your legal status will determine whether you can file a petition on behalf of your fiancé, spouse, parent, child or sibling. The first step in the lengthy process is to establish the family relationship with USCIS. This process, sometimes thought of as “sponsoring,” allows the family member to obtain a U.S. visa to immigrate to the United States. An individual may have to wait months or even years before a visa becomes available.

Adjustment of Status

Once your relative’s visa is available, the second step of the process is to apply to “Adjust Status to Permanent Residency” or to apply for a “green card.” If your relative is in the United States, he or she may be able to apply and have the required interview with USCIS in the United States. If the application is approved, he or she will receive the legal permanent resident card (“green card”) in the mail.

Consular Processing

We also provide assistance to legal permanent residents and U.S. citizens who would like to bring family members living abroad to the United States to live and work. Once the family petition has been approved and there is an immigrant visa available, your relative will have an interview at the U.S. embassy. This process involves more document gathering and paperwork to complete. If the interview goes well and the application is approved a stamp will be placed in your relative’s passport so that he or she can enter the U.S. as a legal permanent resident. The relative’s “green card” will arrive to their home within 90 days of entry.

For further information or questions please call 703-596-0235 to schedule a consultation in our Alexandria, Virginia office. Our firm can help clients in Virginia, Maryland, and DC – or any other state – because immigration is a federal matter.

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For further information or questions please schedule a consultation in our Alexandria, Virginia office.

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