The F2B visa allows a Lawful Permanent Resident to petition and bring their unmarried children over 21 years old to come to the U.S. and allows the foreign child to subsequently obtain their Lawful Permanent Residence or “green-card.” While there is a limit to the number of Visas issued under this category, once the F2B Visa is approved, it allows the applicant(s) / beneficiary(s) to study, travel and live in the U.S.

The F-2B category is considered a family “preference immigrant category” under the second preference which means that there is a waiting period and limit to the number of visas issued each year, and you must wait until your priority date becomes current before you apply. This waiting period depends on the immigrants’ country of birth.  

The F2B Visa requires an extended waiting period due to the volume of applicants. At Tsang & Associates, we have a long history of helping families apply for this Visa and expeditiously file the petition to avoid unnecessary delays or prolonged waiting periods.



Our fee structure is unique to us as we strive to tailor our services for each client individually. We adapt price standards that are capable of fluctuating for each client depending on their unique needs. Clients may retain us for one or all of the above steps/services.

Our typical fee for a standard F-2B petition is $1,500 , not including government fees and third-party expenses. We are happy to customize a proposal for yours during a consultation. Please see below for more information.



Step 1: Strategy Session for the F-2B Visa

This is the most crucial step for your entire F2B Visa. We will review all of the supporting documents to create a strategy, a customized checklist, and a timeline to serve as the guiding foundation for the entire case preparation.

Step 2: Prepare and Submit the F-2B Visa Application along with the I-130 Application to USCIS

Our team will gather, complete, package, and ensure all the documents provided support your case to enhance your chances of getting approved.

Step 3: Await Approval of the I-130 Petition

Once the I-130 Petition is approved by USCIS, the case will be subsequently be transferred to the National Visa Center (NVC) for further processing.

Step 4: Await the priority date to apply and Submit the Required Documentation to the National Visa Center (NVC)

The F-2B visa is considered as a family-sponsored preference category visa, which means there will be a waiting period due to the limited number of visas that are expedited per year. Keep in mind that the preference category of your case should be available to apply, according to the NVC Visa Bulletin. Our team will explain to you how to monitor your case and check the availability to apply. Once the priority date becomes available, we will guide you throughout this process and ensure that the NVC has all the documentation needed to continue to process your case in a timely manner.



Checklist of Required Evidence

In general, the following documents are required:

  • The applicant must comply and submit Form DS-260 which is the Immigrant Visa Electronic Application.
  • Medical examination and vaccination
    • Medical examination and vaccination are mandatory when applying for any type of visas. The NVC will provide you a list of check-ups and vaccines, it must be done by a licensed doctor and must have its signature in all the documents. A complete thorough examination is needed. After completing all the necessary medical documents you will then submit to the NVC.
  • Other Documents
    • Additional documents that you must send to the NVC to prove you qualify for an application of the F2B visa:
      • More than 6 months valid passport after your planned entry into the U.S
      • Affidavit of Support from the U.S petitioner or LPR (applicant’s parent), signed Form I-864
      • Confirmation page of form DS-260
      • Complete medical examination and vaccination documents together with the signature of a licensed doctor
      • Two photographs each
      • Valid birth certificate or adoption certificate
      • If you have been previously married, you must bring divorce or certificates of death to prove the marriage was officially terminated
      • If you served in the military, you must bring your military records
      • Court and criminal records and/or police certificate


Filing Fee

The updated filing fee for F-2 can be found here.

Who can apply for the F-2B Visa?

The F-2B visa does not have extensive requirements for an applicant to be eligible. The following are the criteria for the applicant of the F-2B visa:

  • You must be the child of a U.S Lawful Permanent Resident and prove it through birth certificates or adoption documents
  • You must be over 21 years old
  • You must be unmarried

As for the LPR, you must fulfill these criteria:

  • You must be the parent of the person you will petition for and prove it through birth certificates or adoption documents
  • You must be a U.S LPR
  • You must be living in the U.S and have a verified address inside the country



Attorney Brief:  [coming soon] We will provide an attorney brief sample for the I-130 petition.


Cover Letter: [coming soon] We will also provide a cover letter sample for the I-130 petition.


Sample Request for Evidence: [coming soon] Requests for evidence can be used to strengthen the case.


Forms: Here is a list of the forms that are needed by USCIS


Sample Checklist: [coming soon] We look at the client’s unique situation and create customized checklists to strengthen their cases.


USCIS Fee Calculator: This is to help calculate how much the filing fee will be.


USCIS Mailing Address: This address is where it is mailed to USCIS.


USCIS Processing Timetable: This will help you figure out how long it will take to process.


ASC Field Offices: Listed are the addresses of the field offices for the bio-metrics.



How long is the F2B visa application process?

Unfortunately, there is no set time that can be used to determine how long it will take to process the F2B visa. Because there is a limited amount of visas, many people end up waiting for 2 or more years, with extreme cases having waited for 7 years. That is why you must only wait until your date becomes current and then start the application process.

What is the application cap for F2B visas?

The F-2 visa has 114,200 visas allocated per year. They are distributed among the two categories in this way:

  • F2A visa gets at least 79,940 visas or 70% of the total number of visas
  • F2B visa gets 34,260 visas or less than 30% of the total

The excess number of petitions are rolled over to subsequent years in chronological order until their priority dates become current. The U.S. Department of State publishes the cut-off dates for priority dates each month in the visa bulletin.

What if the petitioning LPR got a U.S citizenship while the F2B visa is processing?

Because it takes so long for the F2B visa dates to become current, in the meantime the LPR or parent of the applicant might get a U.S Citizenship. With a U.S citizenship, the parent can then petition for the Immediate Relative (IR) visa for the adult child in a foreign country. The benefit of that is that IR visas do not have a cap and they have faster processing times. The parent can then have the opportunity to submit a new petition for the IR visa.

What are the benefits of F2B Visa holder?

The F2B visa can give you the opportunity to reunite with your family. It also gives your adult child the opportunity to study and work in the U.S. permanently and legally.



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