Certain foreign nationals (i.e. naturalized citizens) who are family members of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents can become permanent residents of the U.S. based on their family relationship. These foreign nationals may be eligible for the following family-based Green Cards:
(1) Unlimited Family-Based Green Cards: Under this family-based visa category, these immigrants may include:
- A spouse, widow(er), unmarried children under age 21 of a U.S. citizen, and a parent of a U.S. citizen who is age 21 or older.
- Returning residents (“SB”).
- Immigrants who lived in the U.S. previously as lawful permanent residents and are returning to live in the U.S. after a temporary visit of more than one year abroad.
(2) Limited Family-Based Green Cards: In order to bring your loved one to the U.S. under this particular Green Card, this family member must qualify for one of the following categories:
- Family First Preference (F1) – unmarried sons and daughters of U.S. citizens (and their children if they have any).
- Family Second Preference (F2) – spouses, minor children, and unmarried sons and daughters who are over age 20 and who are permanent residents.
- Family Third Preference (F3) – married sons and daughters of U.S. citizens, and their husband or wife and children.
- Family Fourth Preference (F4) – brothers and sisters of U.S. citizens who are over age 20, and their husband or wife and children.
(3) K-1 Fiancé Visa and Marriage: Unlike other permanent visas, the K-1 Fiancé Visa is a temporary visa that is granted for the sole purpose of getting married in the U.S. Accordingly, this visa allows the engaged partner of a U.S. citizen to enter the U.S. and requires that the couple marry within 90 days after arrival. After the marriage, the foreign spouse can then apply for a Green Card.
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