Family / Marriage

Our office has successfully handled hundreds of family based immigration cases. Delays, rejections and denials can be avoided by using an experienced immigration attorney who knows what documents are required, knows the processing procedures and knows the law. Mr. Baizer accompanies the client to every required CIS interview. You are assured that you will have someone at your side who has been through it a hundred times, knows what to expect, and knows how to handle what is coming. When necessary, Mr. Baizer has successfully resolved delayed or denied immigration cases by suing the CIS in mandamus litigation.

Waiting Lists due to Numerical Limitations

In some categories of family based immigration (not all) there are limited numbers of visas available. Whenever there are more qualified applicants for a category than there are available numbers, the category will be considered oversubscribed, and immigrant visas will be issued in the chronological order in which the petitions were filed until the numerical limit for the category is reached. The filing date of a petition becomes the applicant’s priority date. Immigrant visas cannot be issued until an applicant’s priority date is reached. In certain heavily oversubscribed categories there may be a waiting period of several years before a priority date is reached. For the latest priority dates, see the Department of State Visa Bulletin web site.

Visa Bulletin Tracking

Our office maintains an in-house database, to track each client’s progress on the Visa Bulletin waiting list as the list is updated each month, so we know when each client’s wait will be ready to be finished.

Same sex marriages can be used for Immigration

The June, 2013 U.S. Supreme Court case of U.S. v. Windsor invalidated the Defense of Marriage Act, opening the door to immigration via sponsorship of a spouse in a same sex marriage.  The USCIS has been processing many such cases, with positive results.  Our office has had success in such cases, finding a friendly & positive outlook from the USCIS adjudicators.