When it comes to keeping your family together—in the United States—no one will fight harder for you than the law professionals at The Guerra Law Firm. And that’s because our attorneys and paralegals are also immigrants who have come to this great country in pursuit of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness—also known as the American dream.

We have the compassion, the knowledge, and the specialized family-based immigration experience to help you and your family determine the next best steps in your legal journey.

FAQ's (frequently asked questions)

The rules and regulations surrounding family-based immigration can be confusing, overwhelming, and daunting. Let us provide some overarching answers to your questions.

I am a United States Citizen or a Legal Permanent Resident, and I want to apply for residency for one of my family members—can I do this?

Yes. We can help you apply for a visa for your family member to eventually become a legal permanent resident.

What’s the typical process, and how long does it take for my family member to become a legal permanent resident?

The process and length of time varies depending on what classification US immigration law places your family member into—either “immediate relatives” or “priority-based relatives.”

Who would be considered an “immediate relative?”

According to US immigration law, “immediate relatives” fall into one of the following three categories:

  • Spouse of a US citizen;
  • Parent of a US citizen, 21 years or older;
  • Sons and daughters of US citizens, under 21 years old (includes step-children in certain situations) 


Who would be considered a “priority-based relative?”

According to US immigration law, “priority-based relatives” fall into one of the following categories:

  • Unmarried sons and daughters of US citizens, 21 years or older
  • Spouse or child of legal permanent residents
  • Unmarried sons and daughters of legal permanent residents, under 21 years old
  • Sons and daughters of US citizens, 21 years or older
  • Married sons and daughters of US citizens, 21 years or older
  • Brothers or sisters of US citizens
My family member falls into one of the categories listed above, but we’re having issues obtaining residency due to grounds of inadmissibility. What are “Grounds of Inadmissibility” anyway?

Grounds of Inadmissibility can include but are not limited to the following:

  • Entering the country without a visa
  • Overstaying a visa
  • Criminal convictions
My family member may need a waiver to forgive a ground of inadmissibility. Can you help?

Yes. We will help you first determine whether or not your family member actually needs a waiver, and then we will help you obtain this waiver and expedite the path to residency.