Reuniting Families

What is the Family Based Immigration Adjustment and Citizenship Program (FBIACP)?

American Gateways program for families provides legal assistance to relatives of U.S. Citizens (USC) and Legal Permanent Residents (LPR) who are eligible to immigrate to the United States through family-based petitions. Family reunification is the underlying core of this program. FBIACP also assists and encourages LPRs to become citizens, informing them of citizens’ rights and the benefits of citizenship in the United States.

Who is Eligible?

U.S. Citizens and Legal Permanent Residents may petition for certain relatives to immigrate to the U.S. or become Legal Permanent Residents in the U.S.

A U.S. Citizen can petition for their:

  • Spouse
  • Parents
  • Children (any age, married or unmarried)
  • Siblings

A Legal Permanent Resident can petition for their:

  • Spouse
  • Children, married or unmarried, who are under 21 years old
  • Unmarried children who are over 21 years old

Family Based Immigration Frequently Asked Questions

 Q. What is a Legal Permanent Resident (LPR)?

A. A LPR is an immigrant who has been given permission to work and reside permanently in the U.S. LPR’s are also informally known as “green card” holders.

Q. How long does it take to obtain LPR status for a family member?

A. Between 1 year to 23 years, depending on the type of family relationship and other factors.

Q. Who is eligible to apply for citizenship?

A. Legal Permanent Residents who:

  • have held LPR status for a certain amount of time (3 to 5 years);
  • have a basic knowledge of the English language and U.S. history and government;
  • and meet other specific requirements


What services does the Family Based Immigration Adjustment and Citizenship Program provide?

  • Family Based Petitions: This program assists Legal Permanent Residents or U.S. Citizens in petitioning for Legal Permanent Residency for eligible family members.
  • Adjustment of Status: This program assists eligible refugees, asylees, and U-Visa holders in becoming Legal Permanent Residents.
  • Naturalization: This program assists with naturalization applications of Legal Permanent Residents who are eligible to become U.S. Citizens.

Why is this project important?

Navigating the Family Based Immigration System can be a complicated process for immigrants of modest means, and, without the necessary information and resources, families often endure years of separation, confusion, and unnecessary payments to USCIS and private attorneys. By reuniting family members, FBIACP strengthens the bonds and values that the United States—“a nation of immigrants”—was founded upon.  In addition, this program encourages leadership and civic participation among immigrants in our country, allowing new Americans to contribute to American society.


Our clients pay minimal fees in order to participate in our family-based program, though our clients fees cover only a portion of the costs of providing this program.  We depend on donations from individuals and businesses in order to provide family-based immigration services.  Click "Give Online" below to make a donation now.