Family immigration is based on the family relationship. United States citizens and permanent residents (green card holders) can petition for certain relatives.
United States Citizens may petition for:
- Parents, spouses, children under 21, married sons and daughters, brothers and sisters.
Lawful Permanent residents may petition for:
- Spouses, children under 21, unmarried sons and daughters.
Family immigration options include the possibility of petitioning for step-children and step-parents under certain conditions.
It is not possible to petition for any other relatives, not listed above.
Besides proving family relationship, the Petitioner must also be able to demonstrate a financial ability to support new immigrant in the United States by filing an Affidavit of Support, Form I-864.
Beneficiary must prove that he or she is admissible to the United States.
There are many issues that might come up during the process, including interim work authorization, travel authorization, inadmissibility due to prior violations, fraud waivers, criminal issues and many other obstacles.
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