In the Green Card process, your U.S. citizen family member petitions the government to grant you Permanent Residence (Green Card). The sponsoring U.S. citizen is called “the petitioner” and the immigrant family member is called “the beneficiary”. You may be eligible to apply for a green card if you fall within one of the categories described below:
1. You are an immediate relative of a U.S. citizen. This category includes spouses, unmarried children under the age of 21 and parents of U.S. citizen petitioners 21 or older. Individuals in this category have special immigration priority and do not have to wait in line for a visa number to become available.
2. You are a family member of a U.S. citizen fitting into one of four preference categories. This category includes unmarried sons or daughters over the age of 21, married children of any age, and brothers and sisters of U.S. citizen petitioners 21 or older. The number of family members who may immigrate under this category is limited and there are waiting periods before an immigrant visa number becomes available. The waiting periods depend on your priority date, preference category (from 1 to 4) and other factors.
3. You are a family member of a green card holder. This category includes spouses and unmarried children of the sponsoring green card holder. If your family relationship qualifies you as an eligible relative of a U.S. permanent resident, you are in 2nd preference category.
4. You are a member of a special category: you are eligible under VAWA (battered spouse or child), you are a fiancé(e) of U.S. citizen, you were born in the United States to a Foreign Diplomat or you are a Widow(er) of a U.S. Citizen.
Reach out to Turbo Advocate today by filling out our Turbo Questionnaire to determine your eligibility.