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Family-Based Visas

Helping You Keep Your Family Together in the United States.

The excitement and anticipation of moving to another country can be overshadowed if your spouse or family cannot accompany you. As immigrants ourselves, we understand firsthand the challenges of being separated from loved ones. We know that you want to reunite with them as quickly as possible.

The United States provides an opportunity for U.S. citizens or permanent residents to sponsor family members so that they can immigrate to the country. At Maimone Legal PLLC, our Fort Lauderdale team can help you through every step of the family-based immigration and visa process. You can rely on our firsthand knowledge and personalized approach to help you apply for a family-based green card.

Finding The Best Path Forward For You And Your Family

A foreign national must have a direct familial relationship with a U.S. citizen or with a permanent resident to be eligible for a family visa. The sponsor must be at least 18 years old and have an established home in the U.S. Sponsors also must provide proof of the relationship and confirmation of the financial means necessary to support the immigrant once they arrive.

We can help you with a variety of family-based immigration petitions:

  • Spousal green card

  • Family green cards

  • Family sponsorships

Applications for family members generally fall under two categories: immediate relatives and preference. Immediate relatives include spouses of U.S. citizens, minor children, and parents of U.S. citizens. The family preference categories, subject to annual quotas, are for more distant family members.

As a mother-daughter team, we understand the importance of family and your wish to reunite with loved ones. We approach every case with compassion and understanding. We will work with you to find the best solution for you and your family and provide sound guidance throughout the process.

By Your Side As You Reach For Your American Dream

At Maimone Legal PLLC, we understand the importance of having support and guidance as you go through the green card and naturalization process. From our office in Fort Lauderdale, we assist clients from across the nation in reaching for their American dream.

Obtaining A Green Card – Your First Step

A green card, known as a permanent resident card, allows you to live and work permanently in the United States. There are many categories under which you can apply for a green card.


Choosing the best option is important, and we can help you determine your options for accomplishing your immigration goals. Attorney Filomena Maimone will analyze the details of your case to identify potential hurdles and develop a strategy to address them. Immigration laws are complex and subject to change; the most trustworthy source of information is an experienced immigration lawyer.


The green card process is not fast or simple. On average, it takes about two years to obtain a green card. It also takes lots of paperwork. Mistakes in your application can delay or derail your approval, so it is important to have an attorney who will give you an honest assessment of your chances of success and identify any potential obstacles. The process is tedious but worthwhile: Once you have a green card, you can begin becoming a naturalized U.S. citizen.

Becoming A Naturalized Citizen

If you are a lawful permanent resident and you qualify to become a U.S. citizen, we can assist you with this next step. You will need to complete and file the proper application and go through an interview with a representative of the USCIS.  In addition,  you need to pass an extensive written citizenship test.  We will help you talk these requirements step-by-step so you aren’t overwhelmed or intimidated. We assist you with completing your citizenship application and help prepare you for the naturalization interview. Your interviewer will ask you many detailed questions about your life, financial history, and criminal history, and we will ensure that you are ready to answer these. Our support extends past the legalities of the immigration process, and we will be with you every step of the way because we want to help you succeed.

Let’s Work Together To Streamline The Process
So You Can Start Your Next Chapter

While it may seem straightforward to bring your family with you to the United States, the application process alone can be time-consuming and overwhelming. If you miss a step or forget a piece of documentation, USCIS may deny your petition, forcing you to restart the process. Working with an experienced immigration attorney can help streamline the process and better your chances of success. Contact Maimone Legal PLLC today to schedule a consultation by calling 888-863-3207 or completing our online contact form.

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