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Over the years Christopher S. Nelson, P.A. has assisted eligible families throughout the Florida Keys and South Florida obtain family based visas in order to adjust their immigration status and eventually become United States Citizens.  If you are a U.S. Citizen or a Legal Permanent Resident and would like to petition for your relative (Spouse, Child or Parent)  please contact our office to discuss the options available.



Family Based Immigration Visas

Under the provisions of United States immigration law, specifically the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) there are two groups of family based immigrant visa categories:

1. Immediate relative’s categories:  Immediate relative visas are unlimited and not subject to per country limits. These visa types that fall under this category are based on a close family relationship with a U.S. citizen described as an Immediate Relative.  Immediate relative visa are available for:  a Spouse of a U.S. Citizen, an Unmarried Child Under 21 Years of Age of a U.S. Citizen, an Orphan adopted abroad by a U.S. Citizen; an Orphan to be adopted in the U.S. by a U.S. citizen , a Parent of a U.S. Citizen who is at least 21 years old;





2. Family preference categories.  Family Preference Immigrant Visas are limited. These visa types are for specific, more distant, family relationships with a U.S. citizen and some specified relationships with a Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR). Family Preference Immigrant Visas are subject to fiscal year numerical limitations on family preference immigrants, shown at the end of each category. The family preference categories are as follows: 


Family First Preference (F1): Unmarried sons and daughters of U.S. citizens, and their minor children, if any. 

Family Second Preference (F2): Spouses, minor children, and unmarried sons and daughters (age 21 and over) of LPRs. At least seventy-seven percent of all visas available for this category will go to the spouses and children; the remainder is allocated to unmarried sons and daughters. 

Family Third Preference (F3): Married sons and daughters of U.S. citizens, and their spouses and minor children. 

Family Fourth Preference (F4): Brothers and sisters of U.S. citizens, and their spouses and minor children, provided the U.S. citizens are at least 21 years of age. 


Attorney Christopher S. Nelson can assist and advise you in your family based immigration matter throughout the Florida Keys whether it is in Key West, Marathon, Key Largo, Islamorda , Big Pine Key, or Plantation Key.  For more information on our immigration practice area in the Florida Keys please contact Attorney Christopher S. Nelson at The Law Office of Christopher S. Nelson, P.A. located in Key West, Florida -  (305) 587 -1050.


611 Eaton Street Key West, Florida 33040
Call: (305) 587-1050