Family-Based Petitions


What is a Family-Based Petition?

CARECEN provides legal assistance for permanent residents and U.S. citizens who want to apply to bring family members to the United States or to allow family members in the United States to adjust their status. 

If you are a U.S. citizen over 21 years of age, you may petition for your:

  • Parents
  • Spouse
  • Children (under 21)
  • Adult sons and daughters (over 21)
  • Siblings

If you are a Lawful Permanent Resident, you may petition for your:

  • Spouse
  • Children (under 21)
  • Unmarried adult sons and daughters (over 21)

Please note that some visas take many years to become "current," and that the beneficiary of your petition cannot apply for permanent residence without a current visa. Those applying for permanent residence must also meet other requirements in order to have their applications approved. CARECEN is able to offer assistance at every stage of this process, and our attorneys or accredited representatives can also answer any questions you have about a pending case. Please note that most family-based services require a consultation.


Applicants with certain criminal convictions, or those who have been unlawfully present in the United States, may need certain waivers before being able to adjust their status to that of a lawful permanent resident. Persons who entered the United States may need to go back to their home countries to complete their applications, but the Provisional Waiver can help certain individuals reduce the time they must spend outside of the United States. Please consult with one of our attorneys or accredited representatives for more information.