Family Based Green Cards

Depending on your situation, you may be able to help your parents, children, brothers and sisters get green cards:
 

If you want to help your parents get green cards

you should consider whether an immigrant visa or the adjustment of status process would be best for your situation.

If you are a United States citizen you may be able to help your parents get a green card. If your parents are in the United States, the adjustment of status process may be available. If your parents are not in the United States, you should explore the immigrant visa process.
 

If you want to help your children get green cards

you should consider whether an immigrant visa or the adjustment of status process would be best for your situation.

The best option for helping your children get green cards will depend on (1) whether you are a United States citizen or permanent resident, (2) how old your children are, (3) whether your children are married, and (4) whether your children are already in the United States. Depending on the answers to these questions, you may be able to help your children using either the immigrant visa process or the adjustment of status process.
 

If you want to help your brothers and sisters get green cards

you should explore the immigrant visa process.

If you are a United States citizen and your brother or sister is outside the United States, you may be able help your brothers and sisters immigrate through the immigrant visa process. Before you begin this process you should be aware that it can take a long time before your brother or sister will be able to come to the United States. This is because there is a very big demand for this type of immigrant visa and only a limited number of visas are available each year. However, the only way to get through this long wait is to begin the process.
 

Family Immigration Frequently Asked Questions

“Do I need an immigration lawyer for my family-based immigration case?”
“How can I help my parents get a green card?”
“How can I help my children get green cards?”
“How can I help my brothers and sisters get green cards?”
“What happens after my family member enters the United States after using an immigrant visa?”
 

Recent Family Immigration Articles

 

Are tax returns needed to file an I-130?

You won’t necessarily need to include copies of your tax returns with your I-130. In some types of family based immigration cases, the I-130 petition is filed first. You then need to wait for a visa number to become available before you can move on in the process. When a visa number does become available, [...]

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Do I lose my lawful permanent resident (LPR) status if my Green Card expires?

Generally speaking, you do not lose your status as a lawful permanent resident (LPR) just because your Green Card expires. One exception to this is if you have a conditional Green Card (2 year Green Card instead of the normal 10 year Green Card). If you have a conditional green card and fail to file [...]

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Visa Options, Immigration Petitions and Failed DNA Testing

Submitting immigration petitions and applying for family-based immigrant visas is often a stressful, expensive and time-consuming process. This is particularly true when parents submit immigration petitions for their children and the consular officer requests DNA testing to prove the relationship between the parent and child. At a minimum, DNA testing is expensive and creates an [...]

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