Do not oppress a foreigner; you yourselves know how it feels to be
foreigners,because you were foreigners in Egypt.
Exodus 23:9 12:31
Orange County NY Immigration Attorney
If you are a U.S. citizen, or a permanent resident, you may file an immigration petition on behalf of certain relatives who may wish to immigrate to the United States.
US CITIZENS may file for their “immediate relatives,” that is (1) your husband or wife, (2) unmarried children under the age of 21, or (3) your parent(s). These applications are processed quickly because there is no waiting period for immigrant visas for immediate relatives.
Other relatives that qualify for immigrant visas are (1) unmarried sons or daughters over the age of 21 (F1 preference), (2) married sons or daughters of any age (F3 preference), (3) brothers or sisters (F4 preference). There will be a waiting period for these applications, because the immigrants are not considered “immediate relatives.” The length of the wait is determined by the number of applicants already in line waiting for their visas. (Consult the U.S. Dept. of State Visa Bulletin to see how long the wait is for each category.)
Steps To Obtain Your Immigrant Visa and Permanent Residence Card (Green Card)
- Determine your eligibility
- Submit I-130 form on behalf of your immigrating family member
- Once the I-130 is approved, apply for your immigrant visa (if the family member is outside the country) or adjustment of status (I-485 application) if the immigrant is inside the United States. .
Cost of Applications
The cost of applying for a green card is currently: $545 for USCIS (I-130 form filing fee) and then $1,225 for the I-485 form. Attorneys’ fees are separate, but will cost approximately $600 for the I-130 preparation and $1,500 for the I-485 application.
Attorney Steve Cobb charges $125 per hour for all attorney work and $60 per hour for paralegal document preparation services. The fees in each case will vary, depending on the amount of work performed and the need for additional services such as document translations, photo printing and editing, support documents from family members, etc.
Steve is pleased to offer flexible business hours, fully bilingual staff (English and Spanish), including the attorney, and a welcoming, professional environment.
To arrange an initial consultation, please call (845) 247-5464, or visit us at our Newburgh office.