As a U.S. citizen, Law Office of David Saffold, LLC may be able to help you petition for certain family members to immigrate to the United States as permanent residents.
Relatives for Whom a U.S. Citizen May Petition for a Green Card:
- Sons and daughters
- Parents, if you are 21 or over
- Siblings, if you are 21 or over
Application Process: Green Card (Permanent Residence)
To petition for a family member to receive a green card (permanent residence), you must submit the following:
- Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative
- Proof of your U.S. citizenship
- Evidence of the qualifying relationship (birth certificate, marriage certificate, divorce decree, etc.)
- Proof of any legal name change for you or the beneficiary
Spouses of deceased U.S. permanent residents (widows and widowers) may also be eligible to become permanent residents.
The term “immediate relative(s)” is used to define certain immigrant relatives of U.S. citizens. Immediate relatives include:
- Spouses of U.S. citizens
- Children (unmarried and under 21) of U.S. citizens
- Parents of U.S. citizens (The petitioning citizen must be 21 or older.)
For immediate relatives of U.S. citizens, visas are always available, which means that your family member does not need to wait in line for a visa. Immediate relatives who are in the United States can file Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status at the same time as Form I-130.
Preference categories apply to family members who are not immediate relatives. The visas alloted for these categories are subject to annual numerical limits. A visa becomes available to a preference category based on the priority date (the date the Form I-130 was filed). Preference categories are grouped as follows:
- First preference: Unmarried, adult sons and daughters of U.S. citizens (adult means 21 or older.)
- Second Preference (2A): Spouses of green card holders, unmarried children (under 21) of permanent residents
- Second Preference (2B): Unmarried adult sons and daughters of permanent residents
- Third Preference: Married sons and daughters (any age) of U.S. citizens
- Fourth Preference: Brothers and sisters of adult U.S. citizens
Law Office of David Saffold, LLC are in the business of helping individuals and businesses profit from the rich opportunities that America has to offer. We may very well be able to help you too. Contact us today to make an appointment to discuss the possible opportunities open to you and your family.