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Family Based Green Cards

Family Based Immigration

The two main ways to obtain a green card are through family and employment. Family based immigration is when a US Citizen files an application to sponsor their foreign born spouse, child, parent or sibling for legal permanent residency. It also includes Legal Permanent Residents applying for their Spouse or Child. For those that are considered immediate relatives, (US Spouse, Child or Parent), a visa is immediately available and the only waiting is the processing time of the application. Non-Immediate Relatives for into a visa quota and must wait a certain period of time for a visa to become available. This is because the United States limits the amount of visas it issues per year based on the degree of relative and the Country or area of the world they live. The Department of State issues a visa bulletin each month which states the priority date of which it is currently issuing green cards for each category.

Depending on your status and whether you are in the US or abroad, you will be eligible for either Adjustment of Status or Consulate Processing. Adjustment of Status can be filed concurrently with the visa application if the immigrant is in the US and has no inadmissibility issues. Depending on the family relationship, an interview before USCIS may be required before the green card application can be approved. Family members that are abroad obtain their permanent residency through Consular Processing at the US Consulate in their native country. They then enter the US as a legal permanent resident.

The process of obtaining permanent residency in the US requires a substantial amount of biographical information and proof of the relationship along with a medical exam and a background check. The US or LPR Sponsor must also be able to prove that they will be able to support their relative by filing an Affidavit of Support.

At Charlotte Viener and Associates, we have been handling family based immigration petitions for over twenty years and no all of the ins and outs of the application process to ensure that the application is approvable when filed. We will also follow your application and hold your hand throughout the entire process to make it as simple and easy as possible for you. If you would like more information on the process, please contact our office or email Ms. Viener at charlotte@neworleansimmigration.com.

For assistance with your family based immigration, please contact the experienced immigration attorneys of Charlotte Viener & Associates.

Why Choose Us?

Charlotte Viener & Associates is a New Orleans, Louisiana based law firm that has worked exclusively in the area of Immigration and Nationality Law for over twenty years. We represent immigrants and employers throughout the United States and the world.

Our attorney's are also compassionate and caring and understand that navigating the Immigration laws can sometimes be overwhelming.  We will not only fight for you but hold your hand, if needed, throughout the entire process.  

In addition, our office offers Flat Fees and Payment Plans with no hidden fees. You will have access to us 24 hours a day and 7 days a week either in our office, on the phone or by email.  It is part of the service we offer and is included in the flat fee we quote you at our initial consultation.  Please review our google reviews below to hear about our client's experience working with us. 

Charlotte and her team do a wonderful job and are essential for navigating the confusing waters of US immigration. She assisted our family greatly with our immigration case. I have since recommended her to many friends and they have found her to be professional, efficient and courteous.
C. Wilson
I've had a complicated situation with my immigration status and no one wanted to take my case but Charlotte did. She helped me deal with it the right way. She gave me directions and it helped me solve my issues.
E. Krutov
I just became recently an American citizen and I have to thank greatly to Charlotte. The USCIS screwed my case and Charlotte was instrumental for me to appeal. I was not going to do it and start all over again but she convinced me to go ahead. Thanks! She is a pleasure to deal with.
E. Casillas
Estoy muy agradecido con la abogada Charlotte porque ella me ayudó a obtener la Residencia para mi y para mi hija. Es muy profesional.
O. Elias
My husband and i needed an urgent help regarding my visa situation and we are very happy that attorney Charlotte Viener helped us to everything we needed so fast and made it easy for us. We are very satisfied and definitely will recommend her service to my family and friends!
J. Machida
Charlotte Viener (& her staff) saved my life!. I have been living in the U.S for over 30 years, hold a green card, have never gotten into any trouble with the law and all of a sudden found myself facing deportation for something that had nothing to do with me, but with my (ex)husband. I went to her office crying and asked her to help me and she was very compassionate and professional at the same time. We won our case and now I am free to continue to pursue my American dream. Thank you Charlotte.
C. Gallop