Question: I’m a U.S. citizen. Which of my relatives can obtain a green card?
Answer: If you are a U.S. citizen, your “Immediate Relatives” and certain other relatives may obtain a green card. For immigration purposes, the term “Immediate Relative” means only the following people:
- your spouse,
- your unmarried son or daughter under 21 years of age, and
- your parents if you are 21 years of age or older.
In addition to immediate relatives, other relatives who may obtain a green card include:
- your unmarried son or daughter if you are 21 years of age or older,
- your married son or daughter,
- your brother or sister if you are 21 years of age or older, and
- your fiancé(e) and his or her child.
Which relatives cannot obtain a green card?
As noted above, only your Immediate Relatives and certain other relatives may obtain a green card. Therefore, your grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, in-laws, and other extended family members may not obtain a green card based on their relationship to you.
What is a green card?
A green card, also known as a permanent resident card, allows a person to live and work permanently in the United States. Green cards are issued to applicants after their arrival in the United States. Green card applications are made to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, and holders of a green card can pursue citizenship after three to five years.
What is the green card application process?
As a U.S. citizen, you may petition for the family members described above to receive a green card. In other words, it is your responsibility to initiate the application process. After you submit your initial application, there are several additional steps you must complete. Due to the complexity of the green card application process, it is recommended that you contact an experienced immigration attorney for assistance.
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