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FB4 – Family-Based Immigration for the Brothers and Sisters of U.S. Citizens

Basic Requirements:

The fourth preference for family-based immigration is designated for the brothers and sisters of current U.S. citizens. To be eligible for this preference category, applicants must be at least 21 years old. Since this preference category is only assigned around 65,000 visas on an annual basis, there is typically a long wait for applicants. Under typical circumstances, the brothers and sisters of U.S. citizens should expect to wait around 10-11 years after their initial petition before obtaining their visas. However, individuals emigrating from countries like India, China, the Philippines, the Dominican Republic, and Mexico should expect even longer wait times.

Family Members:

As the derivatives, the spouses and children (so long as they are younger than 21 and unmarried) of successful applicants are eligible for permanent residency status (green cards) and may enter the U.S. with the successful applicant.

Application Process:

There are two basic steps to the application process for the forth preference category: 1) A U.S. citizen must sponsor his or her brother or sister for a permanent residency application with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (US CIS). Once filed, the US CIS will issue the applicant a priority date that will indicate when a visa should be available. 2) Once a visa becomes available, an applicant may file for an adjustment of status if he or she is already living in the U.S. Alternatively, if an applicant is not yet living in the U.S., he or she will need to apply through normal consular processing.

Fees:

At Law Office of William Jang, PLLC, our Austin immigration attorneys charge the following in attorney’s fees for a typical case filed in the U.S. at the US CIS (please see this disclaimer), along with the following fees currently charged by the US CIS:

[Step 1]:

  • $1,000 in attorney’s fees for the immigration petition
  • $535 for the US CIS filing fee for the immigration petition

[Step 2]*:

  • $3,000 in attorney’s fees per immediate family for adjustment of status
  • $1,225 per each person ($750 for each person under 14 years of age if applying with parent)

* These fees only reflect those charged for applicants already legally residing in the U.S. The fees for individuals applying from outside of the U.S. will differ.

Experience:

At Law Office of William Jang, PLLC, our Austin immigration attorneys are extensively experienced with representing the brothers and sisters of U.S. citizens as they apply for permanent residency status (green cards). Please see a sample of approved cases. To discuss your particular situation with one of our Austin immigration attorneys, please call (512) 323-2333 today.

What do we need to get started?

Information and Documents needed for FB4 –Brothers and Sisters of US Citizens
Sample Retainer Agreement

What Our Clients Are Saying

Abimbola Nofiu
Abimbola Nofiu Mar 19, 2020
5.0

This law office is the best in Austin, they truly care about you and do their best to assist you. I contacted this office and they assisted me even though i did it late, Mr Jang didn't turn his back on me like most do, he explained everything to me, I like that he is transparent, his legal... Read More

Kunle Adefela
Kunle Adefela Mar 19, 2020
5.0

I had a very positive experience filing for my citizenship with William Jang's office. William Jang and his staff are extremely professional and responsive to emails, phone calls, and all notices and letters. I'm glad I went through the process with them and always felt confident and reassured at... Read More

Yeni Villarreal
Yeni Villarreal Mar 11, 2020
5.0

Willam Jang and his team are professional, well prepared and love what they do. They are very knowledgeable and abreast of the latest immigration laws and fluently speak Spanish and Korean. I cannot recommend them more highly.

Ramana Kondaveeti
Ramana Kondaveeti Feb 25, 2020
5.0

Thanks a lot for all the HELP with our immigration needs . Mr. William Jang is very patient and resourceful along with his Legal Assistant Yaritza with her prompt responses all the time. Very friendly and caring office environment. Please keep the good working going .

Yoo Sun Chung
Yoo Sun Chung Feb 06, 2020
5.0

William and his staff have been highly professional, helpful and efficient from Day 1. My husband and I met with a handful of other immigration lawyers in Austin area before hiring him as our attorney. After our first consultation, we had no doubt that William was the one. He has been very generous... Read More

Brandon & Paula Feldmeier
Brandon & Paula Feldmeier Jan 27, 2020
5.0

Helped with our immigration paperwork. He was very professional and help us through ever step of the process. He took the time to answer all of our questions and made the process so much easier for my wife and I. I would recommend him to anyone that is going through the immigration process!

HYOMIN HONG
HYOMIN HONG Jan 23, 2020
5.0

They were kind and helped me well even though I asked a lot of questions about something I didn't know.

Elena Tsanko
Elena Tsanko Jan 18, 2020
5.0

Mr Jang helped me with my case. He is very professional immigration lawyer. He is patient, well explaining and very responsive. My emails were answered within few hours, and it was easy to set-up personal appointment with him.

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