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Green Card Application for Family Relatives

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Green Card through Family Relatives

Family Based Green Card or Legal Permanent Residence Application Instructions

How to Apply for a Green Card through American Citizen Relatives?

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A Green Card also known as an immigrant visa or Legal Permanent Residence gives you the right to live permanently in the United States.  Legal residents with a green cards have the legal right live, work and study in the United States among many other rights and benefits.

Who is Eligible for a Green Card for Relatives?

Immediate Family Relatives

In general Immediate Family relatives of an American Citizen have the right to apply for a Green Card to come and live in the United States. Relatives in this group can obtain permanent residence in the U.S. very fast because they don't have to wait for a visa number to become available. For U.S. immigration purposes, the following are considered immediate relatives of a U.S. citizen:

  • Wife or Husband
  • Unmarried Children under the age of 21 years old, including Step and Adoptive Children,
  • Parents (Father and Mother)

Family Preference Category

Other relatives who are also eligible to apply for a Green Card are the ones included in the Family Preference Category. For U.S. immigration purposes, the following relatives of a U.S. citizen are part of the Family Preference Catetory:

  • Brother and Sister including their spouses and their minor children
  • Married or adults Sons and Daughters including their spouses and their minor children

How to Apply for a Green Card through Family?

The Application for a Green Card or Lawful Permanent Residence through family related is a complex process involving multiple steps. There are few different ways to apply and obtain a Green Card through relatives but also several requirements, procedures, and forms to file.  You must present support documentation to prove that you are eligible to apply for a Green Card though your family relatives. In terms of the application the American citizen will be sponsoring his or her relatives and there are several requirements for both the sponsor and the Green Card applicant.

Immigration is a complex process and as you start you application you may have several questions about the application process for a family based Green Card. Several frequently asked questions will be answered when ordering this download, including the following common immigration questions:

  • What is a Green Card or a Lawful Permanent Resident Card of the United States?
  • General Information about how to apply for a Green Card
  • How to apply for a green card through my American citizen relatives?
  • Which family relatives are eligible to get a green card through a U.S. citizen?
  • What if my relative died? Can I still apply and obtain my green card?
  • After having a green card, can I apply for the United States citizenship?
  • Should we apply in the US to adjust status from another visa to a Green Card? or should we apply at our local US consulate abroad?
  • How to provide and prepare documentation with all support evidence and requirement?
  • What is the difference between a Green Card with conditions and a Permanent Green Card without conditions?
  • What type of forms to file? and how to find helpful links to official forms and instructions
  • For how long do I need to keep my Green Card in order to apply for the United States citizenship?

To learn more about how to apply for a Green Card through American family relatives, and to find answers to the above questions, order this downloadable guide with green card through relatives application instructions.

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