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FAMILY IMMIGRATION

Obtain a green-card through a relative (US Citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident)

FAMILY IMMIGRATION

A foreign citizen seeking to live permanently in the United States requires an immigrant visa. This visa allows that a US citizen sponsors his/her spouse, or child at any age, or his/her parents, provided the USC is at least 21 years old. Lawful permanent residents (green-card holders) may sponsor their spouse and children, provided the child is not yet married.

There are two types of family-based immigrant visas:

a. Immediate Relative – this visa is based on a close family relationship with a U.S. citizen, such as a spouse, child or parent. The number of immigrants in this category is unlimited.

b. Family Preference – these visas are for specific, more distant, family relationships including the sibling of a US citizen and the spouse and unmarried children of Lawful Permanent Residents (LPR). The number of immigrants in these categories is limited each fiscal year and processing can take many years.
 

In summary:


U.S. citizens can file an immigrant visa petition for their:
• Spouse
• Children
• Son or daughter
• Parent
• Brother or sister

U.S. Lawful Permanent Residents (that is, green-card holders) can only file an immigrant visa petition for their:
• Spouses
• Children
• Unmarried son or daughter

 

 

 

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