Green Cards- Family Based

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Family Based Permanent Residency

There are two general categories of relatives of United States Citizens and Permanent Residents who can get a green card.

  • The first category consists of those who are known as Immediate Relatives. An individual who is married to a US Citizen, has a US Citizen child above 21 years of age, or is below 21 years of age and has a US Citizen parent, can be sponsored by these relatives and apply for the green card simultaneously.
  • The second group of eligible relatives who may apply for a green card are known as the preference categories.

These individuals are sponsored by their relatives, and given what is called a priority date. When the priority date is reached on the National Visa Bulletin, the individual may then apply for the green card. Those in this second group are unmarried adult (above 21) sons and daughters of US Citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents, married adult (above 21) sons and daughters of US Citizens, spouses and children (below 21) of Lawful Permanent Residents, and the brothers and sisters of United States Citizens.

It must be pointed out the waiting period for those in this second group for there priority dates to become current, and therefore apply for the green card, can take anywhere from two years to two decades, depending on the country one is from and the relative sponsoring them.

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Family Based Green Cards FAQ:

What Documents Do I Need to Prove a Family Relationship?

Possible necessary documents include but are not limited to:

  • A copy of your marriage certificate.
  • If married previously then documents showing that marriage was ended legally
  • Form G-325A
  • Birth certificates
  • Adoption documents

What family can petition for a family based green card?

  • Spouse
  • Unmarried children under 21
  • Parents
  • Stepchildren
  • Stepparents
  • Adopted children
  • Fiances

It is usually not possible to obtain green cards for nieces, nephews, grandparents, cousins etc. But if a citizen or permanent resident sponsors their parents, after the appropriate time the parent can sponsor their parents.

How long does it take to get a family based visa?

It can take anywhere from 6 months to 12 months after the documents have been submitted depending on the situation.

How can I prove I am a US citizen or permanent resident?

The following documents can be used to prove legal status

  • Passport
  • Permanent residency card (green card)
  • Birth certificate

How much does a family visa cost?

The price varies based on the exact time of visa required, but can start at $160 and go up to $265 or more.

What is a family based green card?

A family based green card is a special visa status where US citizens or permanent residents can petition or sponsor immediate family members to become permanent residents.