Garfinkel Immigration Law Firm has the expertise to effectively handle complex and challenging family-based petitions that may involve the U.S. provisional visa waiver program, consular processing and/or other individual circumstances spanning the broad scope of U.S. immigration law.

The Firm’s highly skilled and experienced Family-Based team of board-certified immigration law specialists, attorneys and staff guide our clients every step of the way, advising on the process in real time and working with clients to surmount any obstacles.

Clients of Garfinkel Immigration can expect thorough advice, expert representation, streamlined processes, current technology and timely responses to any questions. Top client service is and always will be our primary focus.

Some examples of our Family-Based Immigration services include:
Family-Based Green Cards

One of the most common means for obtaining a green card is through sponsorship by a qualifying family member. There are only certain familial relationships through which someone may qualify to receive permanent residency.

U.S. citizens may petition for the following family members:

  • Spouse
  • Unmarried children under 21
  • Parents (if the sponsoring citizen is over the age of 21
  • Unmarried children over 21
  • Married children of any age
  • Siblings (if the sponsoring citizen is over the age of 21)

Lawful permanent residents may petition for the following family members:

  • Spouse
  • Unmarried children under 21
  • Unmarried children over 21

The team at Garfinkel Immigration is focused on providing individual client attention and service. We have decades of experience developing innovative legal solutions specific to the immigration needs of each and every family.

Consular Processing

At Garfinkel Immigration Law Firm, we understand the complex nuances, regulations and operations of the many different U.S. consulates around the globe.

Our Family-Based team works closely with individuals to ensure they have the appropriate paperwork and documentation for the specific consulate they are planning to engage. The Firm also educates our clients about the process from start to finish.

We also provide extensive preparation for the consular interview, aiming to ensure our clients feel confident in clearly articulating their case for a visa.

Temporary Protected Status (TPS)

Temporary Protected Status (TPS) is a temporary status granted to citizens of certain countries who are already in the United States and unable to safely return to their home country due to armed conflict, environmental disasters or other extraordinary circumstances.

Designated countries are determined by the Department of Homeland Security and subject to change. Typically, the Department of Homeland Security will designate a country for an initial period of 12-18 months.

When an individual is granted TPS, they are permitted to work with an approved employment authorization document (EAD).

To qualify for temporary protected status, individuals must demonstrate that they have:

  • Been continuously physically present in the U.S. since the effective date of the most recent designation of their country
  • Continuously resided in the U.S. since the date designated by the Attorney General for their country
  • Not been convicted of a felony or two or more misdemeanors
  • Not persecuted others
  • Registered for temporary protected status during a designated registration period or qualify for late registration

The Family-Based team at Garfinkel Immigration can help individuals determine if they are eligible and/or file for Temporary Protected Status.

Further Details and Information

Garfinkel Immigration also assists individuals in the following areas:

“Easy. That is the word that comes to mind when thinking about the path to a green card for my husband with Garfinkel Immigration Law's help. … They made us feel like our case was a priority, squashing any anxieties we may have had at the beginning of this. I wholeheartedly recommend their services and enthusiastically vouch for their abilities.”
- Permanent Resident
“I am so grateful for everything you all do at Garfinkel. I will forever be grateful to you all for helping me bring my American dream into a reality. Having been in this country for over half of my life and having gone through countless difficult phases of continuing to maintain lawful status in this beautiful country, the end of this journey has literally left me with tears of joy.”
- Permanent Resident
“Thank you very much for everything and making this process as smooth as it could be for our family. This was one of the toughest times that our family has been through and was extremely hard for our children. I feel as if a huge weight has been lifted and everyday life is easier, this changed our lives for the better!"
- Permanent Resident