Immigrant Visas

An immigrant visa will allow your spouse or other family member to move to the United States to live. With an immigrant visa, your relative will become a permanent resident and will get a green card as soon as the come to the United States using their immigrant visa. The time it takes for you to help your spouse or relative to get an immigrant visa and which relatives qualify will vary depending on whether you are a United States citizen or permanent resident:

If you are a United States citizen…

you can help your spouse, parents and children who are under 21 years of age get an immigrant visa with no wait for a visa number to become available.

An immediate relative is the spouse of a United States citizen, the child of a United States citizen if the child is under 21 years old, or the parent of a United States citizen (but children cannot apply for their parents until they turn 21 years old). Visa numbers are automatically available for immediate relatives of United States citizens, which means that there will not be a lengthy wait for a visa number to become available. Learn more about getting an immigrant visa for immediate relatives of United States citizens.

If you are a United States citizen…

you can help your children who are over 21 years of age, your brothers and your sisters get an immigrant visa but there will be a wait for a visa number to become available.

As a United States citizen, you can also help your children who are over 21 years of age and your brothers and sisters get immigrant visas. There will be a wait for an immigrant visa and the wait will vary depending on the relative you are helping and the country that they are from. Learn more about getting an immigrant visa for other relatives of the United States citizens.

If you are a permanent resident…

you can help your spouse, children under 21 years of age and unmarried children over 21 years of age get an immigrant visa but there will be a wait for a visa number to become available.

Permanent residents can help their spouse, children under 21 years of age and unmarried children over 21 years of age get an immigrant visa. There will be a wait for an immigrant visa and the wait will vary depending on the relative you are helping and the country that they are from. Learn more about getting an immigrant visa for relatives of permanent residents.

Immigrant Visa Frequently Asked Questions

“Do I need an immigration lawyer for my immigrant visa case?”
“What is an immigrant visa?”
“What are the requirements to get an immigrant visa based on a family relationship?”
“How do I apply for an immigrant visa?”
“How much will it cost to get an immigrant visa?”
“How long will it take to get an immigrant visa?”
“What happens after I get my immigrant visa?”

Recent Immigrant Visa Articles

 

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