FB2A – Family Based Immigration for Spouses and Children of Permanent Residents
If you have a spouse and children and are a permanent United States resident, or you are the spouse of a permanent U.S. resident and need to apply for green cards, you need competent, compassionate, and highly experienced immigration lawyers. Many deserving individuals and families come to the United States every year in the hopes of a better life for themselves and a promising future for their children.
At Law Office of William Jang, PLLC, we believe this hope and the American dream should be available to all willing to work hard to pursue and achieve it. Unfortunately, some of this country’s immigration laws, policies, and complex processes can discourage many deserving immigrants as they are unjustly denied legal entry.
Spouses of permanent United States residents (green card holders) are eligible to apply for green cards under the preference group 2A. In order to be eligible to apply under this preference category, the U.S. permanent resident must sponsor his or her spouse.
For the total second preference family-based immigration category, 114,200 visas are allotted annually, and around 77% are available for sub-preference A. Since there is a limited number of visa available every year, there is a long waiting list for this preference category, with waiting times fluctuating from year to year. Typically, any individual applying for a green card under this category should expect to wait around three years after the initial filing of their petition. However, individuals immigrating from China, India, Mexico, the Dominican Republic, and the Philippines may experience longer wait times.
This is all understandably complicated and often confusing for immigrants, particularly those who do not understand or are not proficient in English. That is why it is so important that you hire a highly experienced immigration firm with attorneys who will fight for your right to live and work in the United States. Don’t waste any more time before getting your entire family to the United States legally. Give the immigration legal team at Law Office of William Jang, PLLC a call at (512) 323-2333 today and let us help.
Why Hire Law Office of William Jang, PLLC
Green card holders are allowed to legally live and work in the United States for as long as they like as lawful permanent residents. If everyone in your family has a green card, it means your family can stay together without fear, and you can take advantage of the opportunities this country has to offer. You can also freely travel back and forth from this country to your home country without worrying about returning to the United States, as long as you are not gone for one year or more without a re-entry permit.
Once you have a green card, you can also work to eventually become a naturalized United States citizen, if you choose. That is why it is unfortunate that so many deserving people are denied a green card. Sometimes the denial is for simple things, like clerical errors on an application. The sponsor, who is the spouse or parent who is in the country legally, has to know the exact paperwork to submit as part of the petition and how to accurately fill out the paperwork with the complete and correct information.
The sponsor needs to also have sufficient financial resources to support the family members they are trying to sponsor. This income needs to be higher than current federal poverty guidelines. They may need to fill out an Affidavit of Support. This is a legally enforceable contract pledging to financially support the spouse and the children who are trying to get the green cards.
If the sponsor makes an innocent mistake when filling out the Affidavit of Support and other petition documents, they could face severe penalties and even criminal prosecution. This would be devastating for the entire family. It is just not worth the risk to try to navigate this important and complex process without the help of a competent legal team who complete these applications on behalf of worthy immigrants every day.
Don’t take a chance on an error costing you and your family the chance to have a piece of the American dream. You deserve the opportunities that the United States can give you. Contact us at Law Office of William Jang, PLLC today. The price you may pay by not seeking help could be far greater than the reasonable fees we charge to make sure your paperwork gets done correctly and legally.
The first step that must be taken to pursue this form of family-based immigration involves the U.S. permanent resident petitioning on behalf of their spouse. Once filed, a priority date will be issued by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), which, once reached, will indicate that a visa is available. Should the spouse already be within the United States, then all that must be done next is the adjustment of their status to permanent residency. If the spouse is located outside of the United States, he or she will need to apply through consular processing.
As the sponsor, the spouse will have to submit some paperwork as part of the Affidavit of Support, such as their most recent tax return and proof that they are legally employed in the United States. If the sponsor cannot meet the necessary financial requirements, they may be able to use the assets and income of relatives if they counted those relatives as dependents on their income tax return, or if the relatives lived with them for a period of six months or more.
An experienced immigration attorney can also make sure the sponsor or green card candidates do not have any “bars to adjustment” that can eliminate them as a sponsor or that prevent family members from being eligible to get a green card. You may be barred from becoming a sponsor, for example, if you violated immigration law or committed other specific violations as defined in the United States code.
Sponsorship applications often experience delays that you may not understand. Your legal team at Law Office of William Jang, PLLC can stay on top of the application process to make sure the immigration authorities have the information they need to complete your sponsorship process.
The Austin based immigration lawyers at Law Office of William Jang, PLLC charge the following in attorney’s fees for a typical case that is filed in the United States at the USCIS (please see the disclaimer here), in addition to the filing fee that is currently charged by the USCIS:
Step 1 Petition:
- $1,000 in attorney’s fees for the immigration petition
- $535 for the US CIS filing fee for the immigration petition
Step 2: Adjustment of Status (if already in the U.S.):
- $2,500 attorney’s fees for the principal beneficiary
- $1,500 attorney’s fees for each family member
- $1,225 USCIS fee each person, (or $750 for each person under the age of 14)
Consular Processing (if outside of the U.S.):
- $4,000 attorney’s fees for the principal beneficiary
- $1,500 attorney’s fees for each family member
- $120 AOS Processing Fee
- $325 Consular Processing fee per person
- $220 Permanent Resident Card
*The price quotes included here are representative of those when filing from within the United States. As such, should the applicant be outside of the United States, a different set of fees will apply.
If you make an innocent mistake on your sponsor petition or do not fully understand the law and the process for becoming a sponsor, the costs can be significant. At Law Office of William Jang, PLLC, we will carefully evaluate your particular circumstances and your spouse or children’s eligibility for a green card so that you are fully compliant with immigration laws. Don’t take a chance on having your sponsor application denied by trying to do complete and submit it yourself.
At Law Office of William Jang, PLLC, our Austin immigration lawyers are highly experienced with the representation of individuals seeking permanent residence status through family-based immigration. Please take a look at a few of our approved cases.
Immigration law is all we do. We have experience in all kinds of circumstances that can occur when trying to sponsor and obtain green cards so that you and your family can finally achieve the American dream.
What Do We Need to Get Started?
- Information and documents needed for FB2A – Spouses and Children of Permanent Residents
- Sample retainer agreement
Don’t Wait Any Longer – Call Law Office of William Jang, PLLC Today!
Don’t delay your and your families’ wish to achieve the American dream any longer. At Law Office of William Jang, PLLC, we work tirelessly to help immigrants and aliens live in the United States legally so they can have the opportunities they have long dreamed of having, of making their lives and their futures better. We will do the thorough research necessary to carefully and accurately fill out your green card sponsorship petition to give you the best chances of being successful and the best chances of gaining a productive future for your family. Take the necessary first step toward achieving the American dream for your family by giving us a call today at (512) 323-2333 to discuss the specifics of your immigration green card case.