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Family Immigration Lawyers

Many immigrants face difficulties navigating the immigration process for themselves and their families as they plan entry into the U.S. Our trusted family immigration lawyer in Chicago can help reunite and keep your family together during the immigration process. Contact us for a free 15-minute consultation today to discuss your situation.

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    With SimVisa, you have the option of receiving full-service legal support - for every aspect of your case - with immigration attorneys from a top-quality immigration law firm.

    • Step 1: Initial Consultation with SimVisa

    • Step 2: SimVisa Fills Out Your Immigration Applications

    • Step 3: SimVisa Prepares Application Package with Evidence

    • Step 4: A SimVisa Attorney Reviews Your Application Package

    • Step 5: SimVisa Submits an Application to USCIS For You

    • Step 6: SImVisa Handles All Communications with USCIS

    • Step 7: SimVisa Monitors Your Case From Start To Finish

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    Have you started your application and then gotten confused? Are you worried you might make a mistake or leave out important supporting documents? SimVisa is the solution. We understand you might want to save on lawyer fees and file on your own. You can relax because SimVisa will prepare your application under the supervision of an immigration attorney. You will even get a one hour video conference with an immigration attorney after SimVisa prepares your forms.

    • Step 1: SimVisa collects information and documents from you through our online portal

    • Step 2: SimVisa fills out your forms and prepares your supporting documents

    • Step 3: A SimVisa immigration attorney goes over your filled-out application and supporting documents with you (1-hour video consultation)

    • Step 4: SimVisa finalizes your packet with attorney approval

    • Step 5: SimVisa delivers your packet to your door

    • Step 6: You file with USCIS

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Family Immigration Services

The experienced immigration attorneys at SimVisa provide a full range of family-based immigration services to fit all manner of legal needs, including the following.

  • Marriage Green Card

    Through Adjustment of Status

    If you're already in the United States and married to a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, you can secure your marriage-based green card through adjustment of status (AOS) without leaving the country.

    *prices do not include government fees and may vary based on case complexity

  • Marriage Green Card

    Through Consular Processing

    If you reside abroad and are married to a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, you may be able to obtain your marriage green card through consular processing, applying from your home country's U.S. consulate or embassy.

    *prices do not include government fees and may vary based on case complexity

  • Petition for Alien Relative (I-130)

    Begin the process of bringing your loved ones to the U.S. with Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relatives, which is designed to facilitate family reunification.

    *prices do not include government fees and may vary based on case complexity

  • K-1 Fiancé Visa

    Our immigration attorneys help engaged couples procure fiancé visas for their foreign partners.

    *prices do not include government fees and may vary based on case complexity

  • Adjustment of Status

    Change your immigration status while in the U.S. with an adjustment of status and cement your path to permanent residency.

    *prices do not include government fees and may vary based on case complexity

  • Parent Visa (IR-5)

    Bring your parent(s) to live permanently in the U.S. with an IR-5 (parent visa), which will grant them lawful permanent resident status and make your family whole again.

    *prices do not include government fees and may vary based on case complexity

  • Parent Visa (AOS)

    If your parent(s) are already in the country, help them become lawful permanent residents through the parent visa AOS process.

    *prices do not include government fees and may vary based on case complexity

  • Child Visa (CR-2)

    Reunite with a child living overseas by obtaining a CR-2 (child visa) that allows them to join you as a lawful permanent resident in the U.S.

    *prices do not include government fees and may vary based on case complexity

  • Removal of Conditions (I-751)

    We can help you remove the conditions on a green card obtained through marriage when the marriage was less than two years old.

    *prices do not include government fees and may vary based on case complexity

  • Spousal Visa (CR-1/IR-1)

    We routinely help clients acquire CR-1 or IR-1 spousal visas for beneficiaries outside the U.S.

    *prices do not include government fees and may vary based on case complexity

  • Green Card Renewal

    Our immigration attorneys can provide swift, effective assistance with the renewal of green cards.

    *prices do not include government fees and may vary based on case complexity

  •  K-3 visa

    Expedite the process of reuniting with your spouse with a K-3 Visa, which will speed up their entry to the United States.

    *prices do not include government fees and may vary based on case complexity

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All You Need to Know

SimVisa — Your Trusted Family Immigration Lawyers

At SimVisa, we’re more than just legal professionals; we’re dedicated immigration allies intent on eliminating the legal and geographical distance between loved ones. We understand the profound importance of keeping families together and ensuring that they can thrive in a common home.

Our team's unwavering commitment extends beyond mere legal knowledge, reflecting our deep empathy and understanding of the emotional nature of immigration. With more than 17 years of experience dealing with the intricacies of family-based immigration law, we’re your trusted partners throughout the process.

Let us be your guide on the path to realizing a brighter future in the United States. Contact us today for a free consultation!

What Is Family-Based Immigration?

Family-based immigration allows foreign nationals to obtain permanent residency in the United States through family relationships with American citizens or permanent residents residing in the U.S. The process begins with the sponsoring relative filing an immigration petition on behalf of a loved one, the beneficiary.

U.S. citizens can sponsor:

  • Spouses
  • Children under 21 (if married before turning 18)
  • Parents (for sons/daughters over 21)
  • Sons or daughters over 21
  • Brothers or sisters

Permanent residents can sponsor:

  • Spouses
  • Unmarried children
  • Spouse's unmarried children under 21

A skilled immigration lawyer with SimVisa can explain each of these immigration pathways in greater detail.

Family-Based Immigrant Visas

There are two types of family-based immigrant visas in the United States:

  1. Immediate Relative Visa: Intended for close family members of U.S. citizens, like spouses, children under 21, or parents; no annual limit applies to this visa category.
  2. Family Preference Visa: Intended for distant relatives of U.S. citizens and specified relationships with lawful permanent residents; this category has an annual limit on the number of visas available.

Each visa category comes with distinct requirements, terms, and limitations, making it essential to discuss your situation with a qualified immigration attorney.

Family Preference Categories

Family preference categories extend to family and relative relationships beyond immediate relatives. U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents can petition for family immigration based on the following categories:

  • First Preference (F1): Unmarried sons and daughters (over 21) of U.S. citizens.
  • Second Preference (F2A): Spouses and unmarried children (under 21) of lawful permanent residents.
  • Second Preference (F2B): Unmarried sons and daughters (over 21) of lawful permanent residents.
  • Third Preference (F3): Married children of U.S. citizens.
  • Fourth Preference (F4): Brothers and sisters of U.S. citizens (if the citizen is 21 or older).

If your loved one currently resides outside the United States, they must undergo consular processing before they can apply for a green card based on family preference.

Secure Your Family's Immigration Future

Secure Your Family's Future

Borders shouldn’t come between you and those you care about. Reach out to SimVisa to begin working on your case with a capable Chicago-based family immigration attorney.

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How Our Family Immigration Attorneys Can Help You

How Our Family Immigration Attorneys Can Help You

SimVisa offers a wide variety of family immigration services, including:

  • An initial consultation to assess your unique situation and goals.
  • Visa petition preparation and filing.
  • Guidance on gathering supporting documents.
  • Communication with USCIS and other government agencies.
  • Interview preparation and response to requests for evidence (RFEs).
  • Support with appeals and waivers if needed.
  • Updates on your case's progress.
  • Assistance with gaining lawful permanent resident status for your family.

Trust SimVisa for all your family-based immigration needs.

Are You in Need of Help from a Trusted Immigration Attorney?

A family-based immigration lawyer can guide you through the system to reunite your family. Contact SimVisa to learn how a family-based green card attorney can help you.

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Why Choose SimVisa for Family-Based Immigration?

Working with the seasoned team at SimVisa offers numerous benefits, including the following.

  • Immigration Law Experience

    Our attorneys have over a decade of experience processing family-based and marriage-based visa applications.

  • Partnerships

    We partner with experienced family immigrant advisors to review the applications we process.

  • Communication

    We’ll stay in direct contact to address your questions and concerns and gather the information we need.

Why Choose Simvisa for Family-Based Immigration?
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What Our Clients Are Saying


Read what our satisfied clients have to say about their positive experiences and successful outcomes with SimVisa's immigration services.

Sinziana Constandache

I absolutely recommend Mrs Atac and her team! They were wonderful in helping me get my green card and my citizenship and made the entire process go as smoothly as possible. They got everything that needed to be done together- so much paperwork and documents, and answered all my questions- no matter how small; they would reply right away and that have given me peace of mind about any concern that I had. The staff is absolutely amazing and I would 10/10 recommend

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Iibrahim Teke

My attorney SohYoon and her assistant Vanessa were really helpful. They walked me through all through all the process step by step. Definitely recommended

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Icen Arsin

Very courteous, professional and competent legal team. They take the time to understand your specific situation. They support and follow through.

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Martin Kerver

Always professional to any of our questions we had. Highly recommended.

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Avnit Bambah

Great firm help me with Citizenship and I got it in timely manner.

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Heejoo Smith

Great immigration service! I got my green card within 4 months!

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Cirkovic Pedja

Agile and swift. All the best PJ

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FAQs About Family-Based Immigration

Our clients have a lot of questions. Here are the answers to some of those most frequently asked.

  • Can I apply for U.S. citizenship after obtaining a green card through family-based immigration?

    You may be eligible to apply for U.S. citizenship via naturalization after obtaining a green card through family-based immigration.

    Generally, you can apply for naturalization if you meet specific requirements, including maintaining lawful permanent resident status for a designated period, meeting physical presence and residency requirements, and demonstrating good moral character.

    It’s advisable to consult an immigration attorney, who can assess your eligibility and guide you through the naturalization process.

  • How long does the family-based immigration process usually take?

    The timeline can vary significantly depending on the relationship between the U.S. sponsor and the foreign relative and the country of origin due to visa caps and backlogs. Here are some general figures:

    • For minor children of U.S. citizens (under 21), the process typically takes 10–13 months.
    • For spouses of U.S. citizens living in the United States, it takes an average of 13–20 months to get a marriage-based green card.
    • For immediate relatives of U.S. citizens, most Form I-130 petitions are approved within 10–14 months.
    • For spouses of U.S. permanent residents, it currently takes USCIS an average of 18 months to process Form I-130, plus additional time for green cards to become available.
    • For family preference categories, the wait times can range from several years to over 20 years, depending on the category and the country of origin.

    Note that these timeframes are subject to change and can be affected by various factors, including USCIS processing times, annual visa caps, and the specifics of your case. Check the current processing times and visa bulletin for the latest information.

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Have Questions? Reach Out Today!

If you have questions or need assistance reaching your immigration goals, don't hesitate to contact SimVisa for a free, no-obligation case review. We look forward to helping you find happiness with your loved ones in the U.S.

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