Family-based Immigration

Family-based Immigration

U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents (green card holders) are able to sponsor certain family members to join them in the United States. U.S. Citizens may sponsor spouses, parents, siblings, adult sons and daughters, and children; permanent residents may sponsor spouses, unmarried adult sons and daughters, and children.

Spouses, parents, and children of U.S. citizens are considered “immediate relatives.” There is no annual limit on the number of immigrant visas available for immediate relatives. Other qualified family relationships are considered “family preference” categories, for which there is an annual limit on immigrant visas.

Chenhalls Nissen, S.C. assists clients with the process of preparing and filing Form I-130 (Petition for Alien Relative) with USCIS. Once the petition is approved and a visa number becomes available (if necessary), the family member of the citizen or permanent resident may apply for permanent residence, either through consular processing if they are outside the United States, or through adjustment of status if they are in the United States. Our attorneys offer guidance and advocacy at every step of these processes, as well as any follow-up processes that may be needed, such as removal of the conditions on residency, renewals of permanent resident cards, or naturalization, for example.

Experienced Family-Based Immigration Attorneys

Attorneys Kelley Chenhalls and Jennifer Nissen understand how important it is for families to be together. They have concentrated their practice in immigration law for well over a decade, and have worked with many clients through the years to sponsor family members to come to the United States.

Chenhalls Nissen S.C., based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, assists individuals, families, and employers in the United States and internationally with their immigration and visa needs. We offer our clients up-to-date guidance on visa and immigration law, and take pride in our dedicated personal service and responsiveness to our clients’ needs. We invite you to learn more about our team, our services, and to contact Chenhalls Nissen to schedule a consultation. We look forward to working with you.

Meet Our Team

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Jenny practices both employment- and family-based immigration with a focus on assisting employers to obtain work visas and permanent resident status for their foreign national employees.
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Kelley practices both employment- and family-based immigration with a focus on assisting doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals to achieve their immigration goals.
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