Green Card Through Family

Green Card Through Family

Many people get Green Cards (become permanent residents) through family members.


Green Card Through Family

Main Article: Immigration

Many people get Green Cards (become permanent residents) through family members. You may be eligible to get a Green Card as a(n):

  • Immediate relative of a U.S. citizen
  • Family member of a U.S. citizen fitting into a preference category
  • Family member of a green card holder
  • Member of a special category

Through immediate relative of U.S. Citizen

An immediate relative of a U.S. citizen includes:

  • spouses
  • unmarried children under the age of 21
  • parents of U.S. citizen petitioners 21 or older

Through a family member of a U.S. citizen fitting into a preference category

A family member of a U.S. citizen fitting into a preference category includes:

  • unmarried sons or daughters over the age of 21
  • married children of any age
  • brothers and sisters of U.S. citizen petitioners 21 or older

Through a family member of a green card holder

A family member of a green card holder includes:

  • spouses
  • unmarried children of the sponsoring green card holder

Through a member of a special category

A member of a special category includes:

  • battered spouse or child (VAWA)
  • K nonimmigrant
  • a person born to a foreign diplomat in the United States
  • a V nonimmigrant
  • a widow(er) of a U.S. Citizen