A U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident (LPR) may sponsor certain members of their family to come to the U.S. and receive a green card. An individual's status as either an LPR or a U.S. Citizen will determine if the family member is eligible to be sponsored.
The following members of a family may be sponsored by a U.S. Citizen:
An Unmarried Child Under 21;
An Unmarried Son or Daughter Over 21;
A Married Son or Daughter of Any Age; or
A Parent, if the Petitioner is 21 or Older.
The following members of a family may be sponsored by a U.S. Permanent Resident:
A Spouse; or
An Unmarried Son or Daughter of Any Age.
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In addition to the above two categories, individuals who are in the United States in certain other categories may also be able to file a petition for their spouse and unmarried children. For example, refugees and asylees may petition for their spouses and children, and U visa applicants may submit applications for their spouses and children before or after their U visa approval.
In all of these cases, there are specific rules that may or may not apply in your situation. As a result, anyone considering filing a family-based immigration petition should consult with a knowledgeable and reputable immigration lawyer. Contact us for a consultation.