Family Immigration Services: Unite Your Loved Ones in the U.S.



Family Immigration

Family Immigration

Your Pathway to Family Unity in the U.S.

Reuniting families and keeping them together in the U.S. is our mission. Whether you’re seeking visas, permanent residency for parents, children, siblings, spouses, fiancé(e)s, or pursuing VAWA immigration-related services, we provide specialized guidance every step of the way. Navigating paperwork is just the beginning; our comprehensive services ensure you and your loved ones have the support needed for a successful immigration process. Take the first step toward a brighter future for your family

Family Immigration


Family Petitions are crucial to reuniting with your family in the U.S. Errors can delay or deny your case. Rely on our expertise, and trust us to navigate the complexities, so you can focus on what matters most—your family.

Adjustment of Status or Consular Processing

Whether you’re in the U.S. or abroad, the path to permanent residency varies. Our team of experts will guide you through Adjustment of Status or Consular Processing to secure your green card.

Inadmissibility Waivers

Inadmissibility Waivers

Denied a visa or facing immigration issues? Our seasoned team can guide you through the complexities of Inadmissibility Waivers, including hardship, criminal, and abuse waivers (VAWA). We tailor solutions to fit your unique situation.

VAWA Immigration

The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) empowers domestic abuse victims to pursue a brighter future. Under VAWA, those enduring abuse from a U.S. citizen or lawful resident can independently seek a green card. This act, inclusive in nature, allows all genders to self-petition. We’re here to guide you with expertise and compassion through every step.

LGBTQ Immigration


Committed to inclusivity, we specialize in addressing the unique immigration challenges faced by the LGBTQ+ community. From age-gap relationships and prior marriages to entry issues and application denials, we offer tailored solutions with sensitivity and expertise.

Ready to Take the Next Step in Your Immigration Journey?

Embarking on your immigration journey can be overwhelming. Let our experienced team guide you through the complexities. Schedule a consultation today to discuss your unique situation and explore your options.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):

A Family Petition is the first step in bringing a loved one to the U.S. It’s a form, known as I-130, that a U.S. citizen or Green Card holder fills out to sponsor a family member for immigration. This petition proves the relationship between the sponsor and the person wishing to immigrate. Once approved, it opens the door for the family member to apply for a U.S. visa and eventually a Green Card.

USCIS Form I-130, also known as the “Petition for Alien Relative,” is the first step in the family-based immigration process for the United States. This form is filed by a U.S. citizen or a lawful permanent resident (Green Card holder) to establish a qualifying family relationship with a person who wishes to immigrate to the U.S. Check your eligibility by calling (954) 231-4934

The purpose of Form I-130 is to establish a valid family relationship between a U.S. citizen or a lawful permanent resident (Green Card holder) and a relative who wishes to immigrate to the United States. By filing this form with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), the petitioner (the U.S. citizen or Green Card holder) initiates the process for the beneficiary (the relative) to obtain a family-based Green Card. The form serves as the first official step in the immigration process for family members and is used to prove that the relationship is genuine and legally recognized. This is particularly important in cases like spousal visas, where the form and accompanying documentation must prove that the marriage is authentic and not fraudulent.

Adjustment of Status is a process that allows an individual who is already in the United States to apply for a green card (permanent residency) without having to leave the country. This process is typically used by individuals who are already in the U.S. on a valid visa, such as an H-1B work visa or an F-1 student visa. The application for Adjustment of Status is made using Form I-485, often filed concurrently with Form I-130 if it’s a family-based green card application.

Form I-130 is used to prove a family relationship exists between a U.S. citizen or green card holder and someone who wants to immigrate to the U.S. It’s the first step in helping a relative get a green card. On the other hand, Form I-485 is used to apply for the actual green card, allowing someone already in the U.S. to become a permanent resident without leaving the country. In simple terms, I-130 is for showing “we are family,” and I-485 is for saying “I want to live here permanently.“

There are several reasons why your form I-130 application may be denied. You will receive a “Notice of Action” letter in the mail, which details the reason for denial of your petition. If your I-130 petition is denied, you can appeal the decision to the Administrative Appeals Office (AAO) within 30 days of receiving the denial notice. Feeling nervous, uncertain, and confused? Call us at (954) 231-4934; we can guide you through the process to avoid any further denials

Consular Processing is the method used to apply for a U.S. green card when the applicant is outside the United States. In this process, the applicant applies for and is interviewed at a U.S. embassy or consulate in their home country. This is different from “Adjustment of Status,” where someone already in the U.S. applies to become a permanent resident without leaving the country. Consular Processing is generally used when the applicant is abroad and wants to enter the U.S. as a permanent resident.

A waiver of inadmissibility is a legal provision that allows an individual who is ineligible for a visa or other immigration benefits to be admitted into the United States under certain conditions. These waivers can overcome various grounds of inadmissibility such as health-related issues, criminal history, or previous immigration violations. The specific waiver needed, and the eligibility criteria can vary depending on the reason for inadmissibility. It is a complicated process, and you should get professional help. Contact us today!

VAWA immigration is a provision under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) that allows victims of abuse by a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident (LPR) to seek legal immigration status in the U.S. without the knowledge or involvement of their abuser. It’s designed to protect both men and women, offering them a path to safety and independence. This provision covers abused spouses, children, and parents, enabling them to self-petition for lawful status, ensuring their safety and well-being.

In immigration, VAWA stands for the Violence Against Women Act; it is a law that provides legal protections for immigrant victims of domestic abuse. Through VAWA, individuals can pursue immigration relief independently, without relying on an abusive U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident sponsor. It ensures that victims, regardless of gender, have a pathway to secure their safety and legal status in the U.S.

Yes, VAWA (Violence Against Women Act) offers protection to immigrants, regardless of their gender or documentation status. Under VAWA, immigrants who have faced abuse from a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident (LPR) can independently seek legal status without the need for their abuser’s sponsorship. This includes men, women, and members of the LGBTQ+ community. Even if an individual is in deportation proceedings or has a pending immigration court case, VAWA provides avenues like the VAWA Cancellation of Removal to potentially adjust their status. Additionally, victims of other serious crimes or human trafficking might be eligible for U Visas or T Visas, respectively. It’s essential to provide evidence supporting the claim and, in some cases, obtain a waiver of inadmissibility. For personalized guidance and expert assistance on VAWA and other immigration matters, contact [link to contact-us page] the Attorneys at the Law Offices of Connie Kaplan today.

VAWA, or the Violence Against Women Act, provides crucial support to immigrants who have been victims of abuse by a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident (LPR). Following are some was you can seek assistance the provisions under VAWA:

  • Self-Petitioning: immigrants can apply for legal status independently, without relying on their abusive family member’s sponsorship.
  • Protection for all genders: VAWA isn’t limited to women; men and members of the LGBTQ+ community are also eligible.
  • Cancellation of Removal: those facing deportation can apply for VAWA Cancellation of Removal, potentially halting the deportation process and adjusting their status.
  • Protection for undocumented immigrants: VAWA offers a potential path to adjust the status of certain undocumented immigrants who’ve faced abuse.
  • Support during Deportation Proceedings: Even during deportation proceedings, VAWA can provide avenues for immigrants to change their official immigration status.
  • Waiver of Inadmissibility: Immigrants who might be denied entry to the U.S. for various reasons can seek a VAWA waiver of inadmissibility with fewer stipulations.

Providing evidence to support the claim is essential. In essence VAWA offers abused immigrants a safer way to seek legal protection in the U.S. and a life free from abuse.

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