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Preference Relatives defined

For immigrants that live outside of the United States, if you have a close family member in the United States, they may, if they are willing, be able to help you immigrate. The most important aspect to consider is what relation they are to you. The closer the relation, the more rights you have under immigration laws.

You may qualify for a green card through relatives if you fall into one of the following categories:

  • Immediate relative of a U.S. citizen
  • Preference relative of a U.S. citizen or green card holder

 
You may qualify for a green card through relatives if you fall into one of the categories below, however, depending upon the category an immigrant may have to wait for many years before claiming a green card.

2nd Family Preference:
2A: Spouses and unmarried children (under 21 years old) of green card holders;
2B: Unmarried sons and daughters of green card holders, who are at least 21 years old

3rd Family Preference:
Married children of a US citizen, any age

4th Family Preference:
Sisters and brothers of US citizens, where the US citizens is at least 21 years old.

It is advisable one contact an immigration attorney in our law firm to determine the processing times and complicated procedural issues to obtain a green card for a family member.