Family of U.S. Citizens
This page describes how you (a U.S. citizen) may petition for certain family members to receive either a green card, a fiancee visa or a K-3/K-4 Visa based on your relationship. (If your relative wishes to naturalize or obtain proof of citizenship, see the "Citizenship" section of our website.)
Table: Relatives for Whom You (U.S. Citizen) May Petition
Application Process: Green Card (Permanent Residence)
To petition for a family member to receive a green card (permanent residence), you begin by filing Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative. This form establishes the family relationship that exists between you and your relative. Sometimes the I-130 can be filed together with an application for permanent residence, officially know as Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status. This is discussed below.
Which Relatives May I petition for?
What Happens Next?
For more information on becoming a green card holder, see the “Adjustment of Status” (for processing within the United States) and “Consular Processing” (for processing overseas) pages. For more information on green cards, see the “Green Card” section.
NOTE: A visa petition (Form I-130 or Form I-129F) is only used to demonstrate a qualifying relationship. An approved petition DOES NOT grant any benefit, it simply creates a place in line for visa processing.
Members of the Military
If you or a member of your family is in the U.S. military, special conditions may apply. See the “Military” section of the website.
Last Reviewed/Updated: 05/01/2014
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