Apply for Child's Immigrant Visa Online
Consular Processing Application for Child under 21 of U.S. Citizen
U.S. immigration attorney reviews your application, corrects any errors, and answers your questions. You mail your application to USCIS.
U.S. immigration attorney reviews your application, corrects any errors, answers your questions, mails your application to USCIS, monitors your application, responds to any RFEs, and participates in your interview.
Who can apply for a child's immigrant visa?
- 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 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 2021: pay stubs, pay checks, or letter from employer.
- 2020 Tax Return Transcript (can be downloaded here).
Foreign Beneficiary's Required Documents
- Passport biographical page.
- Birth certificate.
Definition of "Child"
For immigration purposes, a "child" means:
- A biological child,
- A 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:
Petitioner's Household Size
Minimum Annual Income
Add $5,675 for each additional person
Steps to Apply for a Child's Immigrant Visa
1. Fill out online application
You input your information and upload your documents to our online platform.
~ 1 hour
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 Reviews
USCIS reviews and eventually approves your application.
~ 1 year
5. National Visa Center Reviews
After USCIS approves your application, it transfers your case to the National Visa Center, which conducts its own review.
~ 5 months
6. Consular Interview
After the NVC approves your application, it transfers your case to the U.S. Consulate where the Beneficiary lives. The Consulate will notify the Beneficiary of an interview date.
~ 4 months
7. Visa Approved
The Consulate will approve the Beneficiary's visa, and the Beneficiary can travel to the U.S. The Beneficiary will receive a green card after arriving in the U.S.
U.S. Citizen's Immigrant Visa Application for
Unmarried Child under 21
One-on-one immigration attorney