The Migration Policy Institute says that in 2013, 41.3 million immigrants were living in the U.S. – an alltime high. In fact, the U.S. is at the top of the list of countries in which migrants seek to gain entry. However, the visa process that allows immigrants to live here legally is quite complex, which means getting through the process requires an attorney with extensive knowledge of immigration law.
To get an understanding of how the family based immigrant visa process begins, first look at the different types of visas that are granted. The U.S. immigration law allows for two groups of family based immigrant visa categories, one of which is for immediate relatives and the other is family preference.