Green Card for Family Preference Immigrants
U.S. immigration law allows certain noncitizens who are family members of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents to become lawful permanent residents (get a Green Card) based on specific family relationships.
Green Card for Immediate Relatives of U.S. Citizen
If you are an immediate relative of a U.S. citizen, you can become a lawful permanent resident (get a Green Card) based on your family relationship if you meet certain eligibility requirements.
You are an immediate relative if you are:
The spouse of a U.S. citizen;
The unmarried child under 21 years of age of a U.S. citizen; or
The parent of a U.S. citizen (if the U.S. citizen is 21 years of age or older).
Other family members eligible to apply for a Green Card are described in the following family “preference immigrant” categories:
First preference (F1) - unmarried sons and daughters (21 years of age and older) of U.S. citizens;
Second preference (F2A) - spouses and children (unmarried and under 21 years of age) of lawful permanent residents;
Second preference (F2B) - unmarried sons and daughters (21 years of age and older) of lawful permanent residents;
Third preference (F3) - married sons and daughters of U.S. citizens; and
Fourth preference (F4) - brothers and sisters of U.S. citizens (if the U.S. citizen is 21 years of age and older).
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