Can A Relative Sponsor Me For A Green Card?


Green Card SponsorshipIf you are an immediate relative of a US Citizen, you are eligible to obtain a Green Card fairly quickly. An immediate relative of a US citizen can be any of the following:

  • Unmarried child under the age of 21
  • Parent (if US citizen is over 21)
  • Spouse

If you are not an immediate relative, family members of a US citizen can still be sponsored via a “family preference category”. While this option involves a longer waiting period for an immigrant visa number, eligible family members may still receive sponsorship. This would include:

  • Unmarried sons/daughters over the age of 21
  • Brothers and sisters (only if the US citizen petitioning on their behalf is over the age of 21)
  • Married child(ren) of any age

If you are a relative of a family member who is a permanent resident in the US, he/she can sponsor you for a green card so long as your relation to the resident is any of the following:

  • Unmarried child under the age of 21
  • Parent (if US citizen is over 21)
  • Spouse

This option would also be classified as a “family preference category”, therefore a longer waiting period before an immigrant visa number becomes available.

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