Apply for Child's Green Card Online
Adjustment of Status Application for Child under 21 of U.S. Citizen
Who can apply for a child's green card?
- Petitioner is a U.S. citizen
- Petitioner satisfies minimum income requirements
- Beneficiary is Petitioner's child
- Beneficiary is under 21
- Beneficiary is not married
- Beneficiary entered the U.S. legally
- Beneficiary is not in removal proceedings
- Beneficiary has never provided false information to the U.S. government
U.S. Petitioner's Required Documents
- Birth Certificate (if born in the U.S.).
- Naturalization Certificate (if naturalized).
- Proof of income for the current year: pay stubs, pay checks, or letter from employer.
- Most recent Tax Return Transcript (can be downloaded here).
Foreign Beneficiary's Required Documents
- Passport biographical page.
- Visa for most recent entry into the U.S.
- Birth certificate.
- Two passport-style photographs (2"x2", white background).
Definition of "Child"
For immigration purposes, a "child" means:
- The Petitioner's biological child,
- The Petitioner's step-child, if the marriage creating the step-relationship occurred before the child turned 18, or
- An adopted child if the child was adopted before age 16.
To apply for a foreign beneficiary, the Petitioner's income must satisfy certain minimum requirements. The specific income required depends on the Petitioner's household size. The Petitioner's household includes: the Petitioner, the Beneficiary, and any dependents listed on the Petitioner's tax return.
The Petitioner's annual income, as reported on the most recent year's federal income tax return Form 1040, must satisfy the requirements below:
|Sponsor's Household Size||Minimum Annual Income|
|Add $6,425 for each additional person|
Steps to Apply for a Child's Green Card
1. Fill out online application
You input your information and upload your documents to our online platform.
~ 2 hours
2. Lawyer reviews
U.S.-licensed attorney reviews your information and documents.
3. Attorney Submits Application
Attorney submits all government forms and evidence to USCIS.
4. USCIS provides case number
USCIS provides a case number to monitor the status of your application.
~ 2 months after submission
The Beneficiary provides fingerprints at a USCIS office.
~ 3 months after submission
6. Employment Authorization Document + Advance Parole
The Beneficiary receives an Employment Authorization Document and Advance Parole, which allows lawful employment in the U.S. and travel outside the U.S.
~ 6 months after submission
7. USCIS reviews
USCIS reviews your application and conducts a background investigation.
You participate in an interview at your local USCIS office.
~ One year after submission
The Beneficiary receives a permanent resident green card.
Child's Green Card Application
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