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Family Based Immigration Services

Spanish Speaking Redmond, Washington, Immigration Attorneys

At Ortiz & Gosalia, we know that many of our clients have sacrificed a great deal to come to the United States, and continue to make sacrifices to create a better life for their families. We want to honor and support their dedication by helping their relatives to achieve their desired immigration status in the United States.

Our Spanish-speaking and Korean-speaking attorneys work with clients who are petitioning for spouses, fiancé(e)s, parents, children, and siblings. We assist clients in securing family-based immigrant visas, green cards, and citizenship for eligible family members

Understanding Family-Based Immigration

The attorneys of Ortiz & Gosalia assist clients with a broad spectrum of family-based immigration issues, including:

  • Adjustment of status
  • Consular processing
  • Spousal petitions
  • Immediate relative petitions
  • Preference category petitions
  • Provisional and complex waivers of inadmissibility
  • Removal of conditions on an individual’s resident status
  • “U” Visas for immigrant victims of crime
  • “K” visas for fiance(e)s
  • Other resident visas (green cards)
  • Naturalization
  • Citizenship

The process of becoming a permanent resident in the United States is complex. One of the most common ways of achieving lawful permanent resident (LPR) status is through a family member who is either a U.S. citizen or is him- or herself an LPR.

Immigrants seeking LPR status in the United States through a family member need a “petitioner,” or sponsor. A petitioner needs to be a close relative with enough income and assets to provide for the immigrant. “Close relative” generally means a spouse, fiancé(e), parent, adult son or daughter, or brother or sister. “Immediate relatives,” meaning spouses, widows or widowers, unmarried children, or parents of adult U.S. citizen petitioners, do not need to observe a waiting period before immigrating.

If the petitioner is a lawful permanent resident of the United States rather than a citizen, or the beneficiary of the petition is not classified as an immediate relative, the beneficiary must wait in line, known as the “family preference system,” for a certain period of time, as only a limited number of resident visas (“green cards”) are issued annually. The length of the wait depends on what preference category the beneficiary falls into; this, in turn, depends on the nature of the beneficiary’s relationship to the petitioner.

Ortiz & Gosalia also assists foreign-born residents who are already in the United States and wish to legalize their status in the United States. This is known as “adjustment of status.” The steps taken in this case will depend on whether an immigrant is in this country legally, whether the petitioner for the immigrant is a citizen or an LPR, and the closeness of the familial relationship between the petitioner and the immigrant beneficiary.

Some individuals are deemed inadmissible to the United States, either because they entered the country illegally, or because of past criminal convictions or immigration violations. This inadmissibility may be waived via either a “provisional waiver,” or a “complex waiver” of inadmissibility, depending on the specific facts of the case.

Redmond, WA, Family-Based Immigration Attorneys

Whatever our clients’ family-based immigration needs, the Spanish-speaking and Korean-speaking attorneys of Ortiz & Gosalia are available at three convenient locations to help at every step of the process.

We invite you to contact Ortiz & Gosalia for more information regarding our comprehensive family-based immigration services. Call us at (425) 633-2004, send an email to, or use our online form. With Seattle-area offices in Redmond, Bellevue and Kirkland, our immigration attorneys serve clients throughout Washington State as well as those in other U.S. states and internationally.

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