FB2A – Family Based Immigration for Spouses and Children of Permanent Residents
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.
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.
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:
- $1,000 in attorney’s fees for the immigration petition
- $535 for the US CIS filing fee for the immigration petition
- $3,000 in attorney’s fees per immediate family for adjustment of status
- $1,225 per each person ($750.00 for each person under 14 years of age if applying with parent)
*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.
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.