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Family Comes First: A Guide to Family-Based Visa Applications

At TheBajLawGroup, we understand the importance of family reunification and the desire to build a future together. Our commitment to assisting families is at the core of our practice, especially when it comes to navigating the intricacies of family-based visa applications. In this blog post, we aim to provide you with a comprehensive guide on family-based visa applications, ensuring that your loved ones can join you on this journey in the United States.

Understanding Family-Based Visas:

What are Family-Based Visas?

Family-based visas are a means for U.S. citizens and permanent residents to sponsor close family members for immigration to the United States. These visas aim to unite families and provide a path for relatives to join their loved ones who are already living in the country.

Key Family-Based Visa Categories:

  • Immediate Relative Visas: For spouses, unmarried children under 21, and parents of U.S. citizens.
  • Family Preference Visas: For more distant relatives, including unmarried sons and daughters, married sons and daughters, and siblings.

The Family-Based Visa Application Process:

Sponsorship and Petition Filing:

The process begins with a U.S. citizen or permanent resident filing a petition on behalf of their qualifying family member. This serves as sponsorship and establishes the familial relationship.

Waiting Periods and Visa Numbers:

Family-based visas are subject to numerical limitations, leading to waiting periods for certain categories. Understanding these wait times is crucial in managing expectations and planning for the immigration process.

Consular Processing or Adjustment of Status:

Once the petition is approved, the family member can proceed with consular processing abroad or adjust their status if they are already in the United States. Each option has its own set of procedures and requirements.

How TheBajLawGroup Can Help:

Personalized Guidance:

Our immigration attorneys provide personalized guidance throughout the family-based visa application process. We understand the emotional significance of reuniting with family members and work diligently to ensure a smooth and efficient process.

Expertise in Immigration Law:

With a wealth of experience in immigration law, our team is well-versed in the legal intricacies of family-based visas. We navigate the complexities of the system to provide effective and reliable support.


At TheBajLawGroup, we believe that family comes first. Our commitment to helping families reunite and build a future together is unwavering. If you are considering a family-based visa application, we invite you to reach out for a consultation. Let us guide you through the process, making the journey to unite with your loved ones in the United States a reality.