Permanent Resident Family Visas And The Visa Lottery

San Francisco Family Visa Lawyers

At Van Der Hout, Brigagliano & Nightingale, LLP, our attorneys dedicate a large portion of our practice to family-based immigration. We believe that reuniting family members through immigration is among the most important work that we do. As a firm, we are committed to exploring all of the possible legal options you may have for immigrating to the U.S. or bringing eligible members of your family here.

Specific family visa categories we can assist you with include the immediate relatives, the family preference categories, and the more specialized K-, and V-, visa types (for fiancées and spouses).

Although each situation is unique, we actively seek to achieve a timely and successful outcome in every case. We do this by employing creative means that are available to us under law. In some cases, we help eligible persons to legalize their status by applying for an adjustment within the United States or by obtaining a permanent resident family visa while abroad through consular processing, through legalization, or via registry.

In addition, if you or a family member is from a country where Temporary Protected Status applies or from a country specifically addressed by federal legislation such as NACARA, CAA, and HRIFA—you may have other options available to you for gaining lawful status in the United States.

The Visa Lottery

The visa lottery may provide you with an alternative means of gaining legal residence in the United States, whether you are currently inside or outside the U.S., as an alternative to being sponsored by a family member or employer.

Under the provisions of the Diversity Immigrant Visa Program, 50,000 permanent resident visas each year are granted to persons from countries with low rates of immigration to the United States. The annual DV program makes permanent residence visas available to persons meeting the simple, but strict, eligibility requirements. Eligible applicants are then chosen by a computer-generated random lottery drawing.

We can assist you with these issues and other visa-related cases for which you may need assistance.

Contacting Our Bay Area Law Offices

If you have an immigration-related concern and would like to discuss the situation in detail with a lawyer from our firm—call us at 415-981-3000 at our San Francisco law offices to schedule an appointment. You can also reach us by email. Initial consultations are provided at a rate discounted from our standard fee.

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