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Family-Based Immigration

By Charles Wheeler

Family-sponsored immigration allows close relatives of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents to immigrate to the United States. Family members may immigrate either as "immediate relatives" of U.S. citizens or through the family preference system (limited by annual quotas). Under the family preference system, the U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident must file a petition for an alien relative and may undergo a marriage review.

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