Green Card through Family: Navigating Family Ties in the Immigration Process

The Green Card, or Permanent Residency in the United States, offers a valuable path for foreigners wishing to build their lives in the country. One of the most common avenues is through family ties. Let’s explore more about who is eligible for the Green Card through family and how the process works.

  1. U.S. Citizens and Their Immediate Relatives:
  • Spouses: Spouses of U.S. citizens have a direct path to the Green Card. The foreign spouse is considered immediately eligible.
  • Unmarried Children under 21: Unmarried children under 21 of U.S. citizens are also eligible for the Green Card through family.
  • Parents of U.S. Citizens over 21: Surprisingly, parents of U.S. citizens who are over 21 can also be sponsored for the Green Card.
  1. Permanent Residents and Their Relatives:
  • Spouses and Children of Permanent Residents: Spouses and unmarried children of permanent residents (Green Card holders) have a path to obtaining the Green Card through the sponsorship process.
  1. Other Family Ties:
  • Siblings of U.S. Citizens: Although a more time-consuming process, U.S. citizens over 21 can sponsor their siblings for the Green Card.

It is important to be aware that the Green Card through family process involves various steps, including petitions, deadlines, and rigorous checks. The USCIS (U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services) manages these processes, and following instructions carefully is crucial for success.

If you are considering the Green Card through family ties, the guidance of an immigration attorney is necessary to navigate the process successfully. Contact ALF for a personalized consultation and a better understanding of your options!

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