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The United States has always been a melting pot of people, races, and cultures.  It is a country that has always been accepting of immigrants.  However, our country’s generosity has led to overpopulation. 

As a result, the United States government has become stricter with processing visa and green card applications.  Processing times for some visas or green card applications can take years or even decades depending on the familial relationship. 

Meanwhile, millions of legal permanent residents and United States citizens would like to reunite with their family who live in another country. 

Even worse, notaries and other individuals take advantage of these families by giving incorrect legal advice, making false promises, and even fraudulently taking money with no intention of performing an immigration service. 

Families need quality immigration advice now more than ever. 


Types of Family-Based Petitions

Family petitions are based on preference category depending on which family member is petitioning for you.  Here are the different preference categories:

Immediate Relatives
These petitions include United States citizens petitioning for spouses, United States citizens petitioning for unmarried children under the age of 21, and United States citizens who are over the age of 21 petitioning for their parents.

First Preference
These petitions include United States citizens applying for their unmarried adult children who are over the age of 21.

Second Preference (2A)
These petitions include legal permanent residents applying for their spouses or their unmarried children under the age of 21.

Second Preference (2B)
These petitions include legal permanent residents applying for their unmarried adult children who are over the age of 21.

Third Preference
These petitions include United States citizens applying for their married children of any age.

Fourth Preference
These petitions include United States citizens, who are over the age of 21, applying for their brothers and sisters.


Preference Categories

Millions upon millions of individuals are seeking to enter the United States.  Therefore, The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has implemented priority dates dependent on the preference categories above.  Immediate relatives do not need to wait in line and a visa or green card should immediately be available after the petition is approved. 

Visa and green card availability on other petitions is set by a priority date.  The priority date is determined in order of the highest preference category.  After that, the priority dates are given to petitioners in chronological order based on the earliest filing date.  

Visa and green card availability and waiting times are also based on the country of the beneficiary.  Depending on the country and preference category, waiting periods for visas and green cards can take over a decade.

You should contact an attorney to evaluate your case and preference category to determine the estimated processing time of your application.


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Petition to Remove Conditions on Green Card in Miami, FL

Individuals who have adjusted status to a legal permanent resident initially receive a conditional green card for a period of two years.  After that two-year period, they must file a petition to remove the conditions on their green card to receive a green card valid for ten years.

The issue with any petition to remove conditions case will be whether the underlying marriage was real.  USCIS will be extremely skeptical of any marriage that resulted in a divorce or separation during the two-year period of the conditional green card.

Therefore, it is extremely important that you hire an experienced immigration attorney to file adequate supporting evidence to give you the best opportunity to get your application approved.

Supporting documentation that shows that the marriage was real may include:  affidavits from individuals familiar with the marriage, children’s birth certificates, photographs, joint filings of tax returns, joint bank records, documents showing a spouse’s name change, lease records, life insurance policies, utility bills in both person’s names, receipts of joint purchases, evidence of vacations, and joint property records.

In addition to providing adequate supporting documentation, USCIS will more than likely require an interview for anyone even slightly suspected of marriage fraud.  At the interview, the USCIS officer gets an opportunity to ask detailed questions about the underlying marriage and evaluate your credibility.

Therefore, interviews can be the determining factor in whether your application is approved or denied.  An experienced immigration attorney can assist you in preparing for the interview and can also attend the interview with you. 


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Additional Resources

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement- Find information on Krome’s facility, contact information, visiting hours, bond information, and more.

U.S. Department of Justice - Find information on immigration court at Krome Detention Center.

U.S. Department of Justice- Find information on immigration court at the Miami Immigration Court at 333 South Miami Avenue in Miami, FL.

Department of Homeland Security- Find information on the Department of Homeland Security including the location of someone in ICE custody, updates on DHS and ICE immigration policies, and locations for DHS offices of the Chief Counsel.

The National Visa Center- Find information on policies, information on how to obtain a visa, the status of your visa, download forms, and receive information on paying fees.


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Find a Green Card Attorney in Miami, FL

If you or a family member is interested in filing a family-based petition to either obtain a visa or green card, contact Hubbs Law today.  Consultations are free. 

You pay nothing to have your case evaluated and have our criminal defense attorney, E.J. Hubbs, advise you about the likelihood, time, and cost to get your beloved family member to the United States. 

E.J. Hubbs represents immigration clients in Miami and throughout Miami-Dade County, including, Miami Gardens, Hialeah, Miami Beach, North and South Miami, Homestead, Kendall, and anywhere else in the area.

Give Hubbs Law a call today.  E.J. Hubbs will discuss all aspects of your case with you or your family member and give you a detailed legal opinion.  Call today to schedule your consultation at (305) 615-5945 .

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