Chapter 1 - Purpose and Background
The Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) provides that U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents (LPRs) may petition for certain noncitizen relatives to immigrate to the United States. If the petitioners and the beneficiaries of such petitions meet the eligibility requirements, beneficiaries may then pursue LPR status by applying for an immigrant visa at a U.S. embassy or consulate (otherwise known as consular processing), or, if already in the United States, by applying for adjustment of status.
INA 201 – Worldwide level of immigration
INA 202 – Numerical limitations on individual foreign states
INA 203 – Allocation of immigrant visas
[^ 1] In addition, Congress provided that certain noncitizen relatives may self-petition in limited circumstances.