How to Apply for a Family Based Green Card

Under the Immigration and Nationality Act, U.S. citizens or permanent residents (green card holders) may petition for a family based green card for certain immigrant or foreign family members. However, satisfying the requirements to successfully petition for a family based green card is not an easy task.

As such, if you are a citizen or permanent resident filing for a green card on behalf of an immigrant or foreign relative, it is in your best interest to consult with an experienced immigration attorney at Legalize Me for assistance and guidance.

Requirements for Applying for a Family Based Green Card

Eligibility requirements for applying for a family based green card differs depending on whether you are a U.S. citizen or whether you a permanent resident holding a valid green card.

If you are a U.S. citizen, you may apply for a family based green card if you can prove any of the following relationships to your immigrant or foreign relative:

– Husband or wife
– A child under 21 years of age who is unmarried
– A child over 21 years of age who is unmarried
– A married child of any age
– A sibling (only if you are at least 21 years old at the time of the application)
– A parent (only if you are at least 21 years old at the time of the application)

If you are a green card holder, you may apply for a family based green card if you can prove any of the following relationships to your immigrant or foreign relative:

– Husband or wife
– A child under 21 years of age who is unmarried
– A child over 21 years of age who is unmarried

Unlike U.S. citizens, green card holders are not permitted to petition for a green card for their parents, married children, or siblings.

Contact Us

For more information about petitioning for a family based green card or to schedule a complimentary consultation with immigration attorney Michael S. Carrillo, call Legalize Me toll free at 800-554-8778

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