U.S. immigration law currently allows family reunification—also referred to as family immigration or chain migration. That means U.S. citizens and green-card holders (legal permanent residents) can file family petitions on behalf of close relatives to enable them to immigrate to the U.S. and join their family.
Immediate and Non-Immediate Relatives
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) considers parents, spouses, and children under the age of 21 immediate relatives. No quotas exist for the number of green cards issued each year for immediate relatives of U.S. citizens.
However, annual quotas exist for green cards issued to those USCIS considers non-immediate relatives. These non-immediate relatives are grouped into preference categories.
Here is more information on each type of family green card:
- Marriage-Based (includes same-sex couples)
- Parents of U.S. citizens
- Unmarried Sons and Daughters of U.S. Citizens: First Preference (F1)
- Spouses and Children of Permanent Residents: Second Preference (F2A)
- Unmarried Sons and Daughters (21 years of age or older) of Permanent Residents: Second Preference (F2B)
- Married Sons and Daughters of U.S. Citizens: Third Preference (F3)
- Brothers and Sisters of Adult U.S. Citizens: Fourth Preference (F4)
We Can Help
Figuring out immigration law can be difficult, confusing, and time consuming. The Alcorn Immigration Law team can help with both the green-card process and applying for a work permit. We can assist family members who are already in the United States file an adjustment of status (I-485). Alternatively, we can help individuals who are abroad through consular processing and obtaining an immigrant visa. In both cases, the end result is a green card for permanent residence.
Contact us to find out how your family can benefit.