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Family Immigration Lawyer in Houston, TX

Experienced & Compassionate Immigration 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 Immigration Work for Families?

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 Immigration Lawyer

At Galaviz Law Firm, PLLC, we understand the stress involved in handling the immigration 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.

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    Abraham J Galaviz

    Founding Attorney

    Abraham is very passionate about his work. He empathizes with Clients because he knows that his parents once traveled the same road his clients are now traveling. The people he helps all have a story behind them. He knows that his clients want the opportunity to work and have a better future. 

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    Robert Zavaleta


    Roberto R. Zavaleta, Esq. (“Robert”) has exclusively practiced Immigration Law for 11 years, primarily in Houston. He was born and raised in Brownsville, Texas and is fluent in English and Spanish. Robert has worked for several large national and local law firms as an Immigration Litigation Writer, and is now happy to be part of the Galaviz Law Firm. He previously had his own immigration law office, where he helped many immigrants obtain their desired immigration benefits. In his tenure as an ...

Client Testimonials

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  • 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].

    “Mr. Galaviz is a unique advocate with a sincere vision to helping the immigrant community. Without any reservation, I would highly recommend him to anybody for their immigration matters.”

    - Maria & Luis
  • Thanks Galaviz you beat the case!

    “This is a young honest lawyer that won’t hesitate to go above and beyond. The reason I’m saying this is because, I went to other lawyer agency’s and they told me my case would be difficult, expensive ...”

    - Leo G.
  • He won his case and was released without a bond. He is now legally working and back home with his family.

    “When I explained my father's case to Mr. Galaviz he knew it wouldn't be an easy case but he didn't turn me down.”

    - 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.

    “Mr. Galaviz informed us each step of the way and fought for my mom to the last minute.”

    - 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.

    “Today was our final hearing and WE WON!! I thank God for putting Mr.Galaviz in our path to help us.”

    - Cindy

The Results that Matter

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Case Dismissed Arrested for Possession of Marijuana

    Arrested for possession of 1,300 pounds of marijuana and in danger of deportation.

  • 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 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.

  • 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.

We will help you preserve your 
american dream
At Galaviz Law we understand first hand what you're going though.

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.