Family immigration is the primary basis for legal immigration to the United States. Under current immigration law, U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents have the right to petition for certain family members for permanent status, also known as a “green card”. Today, more than half a million green cards are issued per year based on familial relationships. After the immigrant is issued a green card and successfully obtains legal permanent status they then take part of certain privileges such as lawful work authority in the U.S., the option to travel in and out of the country at ease, health and financial benefits and most importantly are united with their loved ones.
Immigrating to the U.S. through a relative often is faster and more efficient than other options such as through a business or humanitarian program- as of now over eighty-percent of green cards issued per year are issued through a family petition. However, only certain types of close family members are able to actually petition for others. If you are a legal permanent resident you have the option to petition for your immediate family relatives such as your spouse or any children under the age of 21 or unmarried adult sons or daughters. However, if you are a U.S. Citizen you can petition for your spouse, fiancée, parents, children, adult sons and daughters and even your siblings. It’s important to keep in mind that each relative with a different family relationship to you falls under a different preference category with different estimated waiting periods.
To petition for a family member, whether you are a U.S. citizen or a Legal Permanent Resident (LPR), you will need to meet certain requirements and provide necessary documentation to successfully petition for your loved ones. Part of the requirements entail demonstrating you are a USC or LPR with good moral character, have the financial means to economically support your family member, and have sufficient evidence to prove your relationship with the beneficiary.
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As a country formed of immigrants, the United States has established a variety of pathways towards legal status for immigrants and their family members. To learn more about what options are available for your relatives living in the U.S. or abroad, click below:
Adjustment of Status
- Adjustment of Status for Family Member
- Immigrant Visa for Family Member
- Fiance Visa
- How to file a strong I-751 with Waiver?
- How to Submit a Great I-751 Packet?
- K1 Overview
- What can hold up an AOS filing?
- Will I lose my green card if I separate from my U.S. Citizen Spouse?
- Filing an I-751 Late
- Do I need to file my marriage-based AOS before my non-immigrant visa expires?
- Should I File an I-90 or I-751?
- Immigrant Visa and Possible Waivers
- Do I need to meet my fiancé(e) in person before filing K-1?
- Should I File my Application Online?
- What Happens if I Enter the US on a K-1 but Divorce my US Citizen Spouse while my Green Card Petition is Still Pending?
- What is a 601A-Provisional Waiver?
- Can I work and Travel with my Immigrant Visa?
- What is Parole in Place?
- Do I qualify for an I-864 Waiver?
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