Houston Family-Based Immigration Lawyer
Experienced & Compassionate Legal Assistance
Under the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), family-based immigration allows eligible individuals to act as sponsors in obtaining visas for family members. This process can be confusing and, at times, overwhelming. It can also be time-consuming. To ensure that your application is not delayed or denied due to errors or omissions, it is vital that you seek the help of a trusted immigration attorney. You can turn to the Galaviz Law Firm, PLLC with confidence for assistance with this process. Our Houston family-based immigration attorney has an in-depth knowledge of immigration law and a passion for bringing and keeping families together.
Connect with our firm for the help you need by contacting us at (713) 597-5642 or through our online request form.
How Does Family-Based Immigration Work?
The family-based immigration process includes providing all necessary paperwork and documentation, meeting deadlines, filing fees, and more.
Under the law, two groups of visa categories exist for family-based immigration:
- Visas for immediate relatives of U.S. citizens
- Family preference visas for U.S. citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents
Immediate relative visas are unlimited, meaning that there is no limit to how many visas may be approved through the system in any year. Family preference visas are limited, however. When the quota has been filled, no further visas may be obtained for that year.
Immediate relatives of U.S. citizens include spouses, unmarried children under 21, orphans adopted abroad, orphans to be adopted in the U.S., and parents of U.S. citizens over 21.
Family preference visas can be awarded to:
- Unmarried sons and daughters of U.S. citizens and their minor children
- Spouses, minor children, and unmarried children 21 and older of Lawful Permanent Residents
- Married sons and daughters of U.S. citizens and their minor children
- Siblings of U.S. citizens, their spouses and children (U.S. citizen must be at least 21)
Those who cannot sponsor a family member for immigration include grandparents, aunts, uncles, in-laws, and cousins.
Work with a Skilled Houston Family-Based Immigration Lawyer
At Galaviz Law Firm, PLLC, we understand the stress involved in handling any legal process. This stress can be amplified when it concerns loved ones. That is why we work tirelessly to help bridge the gap in assisting our clients throughout the entire proceeding. As the son of parents who emigrated, our attorney knows how deeply important your visa petition will be to your future and is committed to helping you achieve its success.
Find out more about how we can help. Contact us at (713) 597-5642.
I was highly impressed with this attorney as he is highly skilled in immigration matters, prepared, knowledgeable, thorough, professional, affordable fees, keeps clients informed and involved, always returns calls [even after hours].- Maria & Luis
He won his case and was released without a bond. He is now legally working and back home with his family.- Melissa
Now my mother is in the process of becoming a US Citizen, my family will always be grateful that Mr. Galaviz helped us keep our mother here with us.- Former Client
When hiring a lawyer, communication is the number one key. You can call, email and text Mr.Galaviz and within minutes he will respond.- Cindy
Mr. Abraham was able to keep my husband here and not get deported. I am very grateful and pleased.- Maria M.
Lawful Permanent Resident Keeps Green Card Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon on a Police Officer
Immigration Officials placed Client in removal proceedings because of a previous conviction for – Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon on a Police Officer.
Lawful Permanent Resident Status Won Alien in Possession of Firearm - Aggravated Felony
Client was arrested and charged in Federal Court for the offense of Alien in Possession of a Firearm – an Aggravated Felony for immigration purposes.
Case Dismissed Arrested for Possession of Marijuana
Arrested for possession of 1,300 pounds of marijuana and in danger of deportation.
Charges Dismissed Client Released from Custody Practice Area Removal Defense / Immigration Detention
Accused with 3 DWI charges and in danger of being deported after being a permanent resident for 34 years.
Lawful Permanent Resident Keeps Green Card Medicaid Fraud - Loss was more than $10,000
Immigration Officials placed Client in removal proceedings because she had previously been convicted of Medicaid Fraud – more than $10,000, which is an aggravated felony.
Lawful Permanent Resident Keeps Green Card Possession of 862 Pounds of Marijuana.
Client was arrested and convicted of Possession of more than 800 pounds of Marijuana in the Rio Grand Valley, and sentenced to several years in State Jail.
Charge Reduced Released on Bond
Judge grants a reasonable bond after proving client was not subject to mandatory detention for previous criminal history.
Charge Reduced Removal Defense / Adjustment of Status
Case terminated and Lawful Permanent Resident status granted for the wife of U.S. Combat Veteran.
Having parents who have gone through the immigration process, has not only allowed us to be more compassionate and understanding but has also given us a more competitive advantage. Our success rate speaks for itself. We're here to help you.