U.S. citizens or Green Card holders may file immigration-based petitions on behalf of their family members, including spouses, parents, and children. For spouses of US citizens, special conditions may apply, if the marriage took place within the last 2 years.
U.S. Citizens and Green Card holders may also sponsor “Preference Relatives”, including married and unmarried adult sons and/or daughters (over 21) of U.S. citizens; brothers and/or sisters of U.S. citizens. Also included as preference relatives are: spouses, minor children, and unmarried sons and/or daughters (over 21) of U.S. permanent residents.
- The sponsoring relative must file a petition on behalf of the qualifying foreign national relative. If the relative is outside the U.S., the immigrant visa case will proceed via processing at the S. Embassy or Consulate.
- Immediate relatives require an I-130 filing for each sponsored family member.
- Sufficient supportive documentation of the qualifying family relationship must be provided.
- Family-based cases most often require an affidavit of financial support