An immigrant visa is provided to qualified applicants where he/she has an intent to stay in the United States permanently.  These visas are a pre-cursor to obtaining Lawful Permanent Resident status, colloquially known as the Greencard, and may eventually lead to U.S. Citizenship.

Family Preference Immigrant Visas: Visas for more distant family members of a U.S. citizen as well as certain family members of a Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR). There are fiscal year numerical limitations on family preference immigrants and typically there is a wait for a visa number to become available.

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

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

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 old

Special Categories

K-1 Visa: Fiancé/Fiancée Nonimmigrant Visa that allows for entry to the U.S. for the purpose of getting married within 90 days

K-3 Visa: Nonimmigrant visa for spouse of U.S. citizen who has an I-130 on file with USCIS

VAWA: Immigrant visa for battered spouse, child, or parent of U.S. citizen or LPR.

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