Family based immigration (green cards)
- U.S. Citizens may sponsor the following relatives for lawful permanent residence (green cards):
- Children (unmarried and under 21) If a child is married, older than 21, or both, he/she is not considered a "child" for immigration purposes.
- Brothers/ Sisters
- Adult sons and daughters
Please note that because spouses, children and parents are considered "immediate relatives," an immigrant visa number is always available for them. Spouses, children and parents of U.S. citizens are not subject to any immigrant visa limitations.
Brothers and sisters as well as adult sons and daughters of U.S. citizens are not considered "immediate relatives" and are subject to a quota preference system.
In order to sponsor a sibling or a parent, the U.S. citizen must be 21.
- US. Citizens can petition for a fiancé(e) (K1 visa). The K1 visa is a non-immigrant visa that allows the fiancé (e) (the foreign national) to enter the United States for 90 days so that a marriage ceremony can take place. If your fiancé(e) has a child under 21 and unmarried, a K-2 non-immigrant visa may be available to him or her. For more information on K1/K2 visas, please check the non-immigrant visa section on this website or schedule a consultation with attorney Angelova.
- US Citizens can file for K3/K4 visas if their spouse is outside the United States. For more information on K3/K4 visas, please check the our K3/K4 page.
- U.S. Permanent Residents may sponsor the following relatives for lawful permanent residence (green cards):
- Children (unmarried and under 21) - Your child's child(ren) may be included on this petition.
- Unmarried sons and daughters (21 or over) - Your son or daughter's child(ren) may be included on this petition.