GREEN CARD THROUGH A FAMILY RELATIVE OR MARRIAGE
There are different ways of obtaining a green card (becoming a permanent resident) through relatives. You may be eligible if you are any one of the following:
- An immediate relative of a U.S. Citizen: This category includes spouses, unmarried children (never married, divorced, or widowed) under the age of 21, and a parent of a U.S. Citizen who is at least 21 years old.
- A family member of a U.S. Citizen in any of the preference categories: This includes unmarried (never married, divorced, or widowed) children over the age of 21, married children of any age, and siblings of a U.S. Citizen who is at least 21 years old.
- A family member of a permanent resident of the U.S. (a green card holder): This includes spouses and unmarried children (any age) of the permanent resident.
- A member of a special category: This could include battered spouse, parent, or child of a U.S. Citizen or permanent resident, a K nonimmigrant (fiancés and their accompanying minor children of a U.S. Citizen), a person born to a foreign diplomat in the U.S., a V nonimmigrant, or a widow(er) of a U.S. Citizen.
- An adopted child of a U.S. Citizen: Depending on the nationality of the adopted child, you may qualify through either of the two processes: Hague, or Orphan (Non-Hague).
Contact Kristy Qiu, Esq., a knowledgeable U.S. Immigration Attorney to find out the approximate wait time and availability of visa for each preference category.