Family Based Immigration


Our clients come from every corner of the world and from all socioeconomic levels.  Many seek to immigrate to the United States through family; they are newly married to American citizens, or their parents preceded them here, or perhaps their siblings put down roots in this country and seek to unite their families.  Depending on the relationship, these applicants often face major backlogs and live their lives in limbo, waiting in their countries of birth for their numbers to come up.

Recent attacks on the misnamed “chain migration” have placed family-based immigration in the spotlight.  At Abrams & Abrams, we recognize the contributions of those who came to the U.S. through family.  They are CEOs and doctors, soldiers, noble laborers, and devoted homemakers.


  • “Everywhere immigrants have enriched and strengthened the fabric of American life.”
    John F. Kennedy


The I-130 petition is the foundation of this category; our clients use them to file for their relatives.  Some of the beneficiaries will be outside the U.S. waiting; others will be here and seek to “adjust” their status to permanent residence. 

A third category are in the U.S. but ineligible to adjust and will travel to their home countries to pick up their immigrant visas.  For further information on this group, please see our waivers section.

At Abrams & Abrams, we have filed thousands of I-130 petitions and observed through the years as USCIS and the former INS have kept some requirements consistent while changing others.  Depending on country of birth, many beneficiaries endure extremely long waiting periods for the I-130 petitions to be “reached” for visa availability.  More than once, including in 2019, our office filed such a petition and then made the bittersweet call twenty years later to our client to inform him or her of the availability and impending adjustment filing.  

We have also successfully navigated complex I-130 petitions involving children born out of wedlock, children of extramarital affairs, missing and defective marriage and birth certificates, stepchildren after the marriages terminated, and the deaths of petitioners and principal beneficiaries.

This category includes temporary visas for Canadian and Mexican professionals, as well as family members of the worker.



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