Immigrant Visas

Immigrant Visa applications

Immigrant visas require sponsorship, in most cases by a third party. All immigrant visas require the filing and approval of a qualifying petition.

Employment Based Visas

There are five categories of employment based visas:

First Preference

  • Individuals with extraordinary ability
  • Outstanding professors and researchers
  • Multinational executives and managers

Second Preference

  • Advance degree professionals
  • Persons with exceptional ability
  • National interest waivers

Third Preference

  • Professionals
  • Skilled workers
  • Other workers


Fourth Preference

  • Religious workers
  • Special immigrant juveniles
  • Broadcasters
  • G-4 international organization or NATO-6 employees and their family members
  • International employees of the U.S. government abroad
  • Armed forces members
  • Panama canal zone employees
  • Certain physicians
  • Afghan and Iraqi translators
  • Afghan and Iraqi


Fifth Preference

  • Immigrant investors


Citizenship issues encompass such things as citizenship at birth, citizenship acquired through parents, and naturalization.

Family Based Visas

Immediate Relatives
Spouses of U.S. citizens, minor unmarried children of U.S. citizens, and parents of U.S. citizens over the age of 21

First Preference

  • Unmarried adult children of U.S. citizens.

Second Preference

  • Spouses and unmarried minor children of lawful permanent residents
  • Unmarried adult children of lawful permanent residents

Third Preference

  • Married children of U.S. citizens

Fourth Preference

  • Siblings of U.S. citizens over the age of 21

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