Family-based immigration is for foreign citizens who want to live permanently in the United States. To qualify to apply for this visa, the applicant must be sponsored by someone who is either a U.S. citizen or a Green card holder. They must be sponsored by an immediate family member at least 21 years old.
Here are the two family-based immigrant visas:
Immediate Relative – with this visa you the sponsor must be a spouse, child, or parent with U.S citizenship.
Family preference – with this visa it can be an extended family who can sponsor if they are a U.S citizen or a lawful permanent resident (LPR).
Note that a US Citizen can ONLY file a petition for their:
- Son or daughter
- Brother or sister (if the U.S. citizen is 21 years of age and older)
Note that a US Lawful Permanent Resident can ONLY file a petition for their:
- Unmarried son or daughter