How to Sponsor Green Cards
For Family Members

green cards for family members Green cards for family members make up the largest portion of the U.S. immigration system.

Each year, over 500,000 persons obtain lawful permanent residence in the US by being sponsored by a relative who is a US citizen or a green card holder. We provide videos and links explaining how you can obtain a green card through the family-based preference categories.

When will your priority date become current? See our Visa Bulletin Predictions page.

Spouses, children and parents of US citizens who are “immediate relatives” who are not subject to numerical quotas.  All other categories of relatives are subject to a numerically-limited preference system.

US citizens may sponsor the following relatives for lawful permanent residence:

Permanent residents may sponsor their

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The process of sponsoring a relative for permanent residence starts when the US citizen or lawful permanent resident in the US submits an I-130 visa petition to the USCIS. Assuming that the I-130 is approved by the USCIS, this creates a priority date, or a place in line, for their relative, and his or her family, to immigrate to the US.

Green Cards for Family Members is divided into the following topics:

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  • How to Obtain a Green Card Through Marriage Immigrants who marry US citizens are considered “immediate relatives” when obtaining green cards, freeing them from quota restrictions and allowing them to adjust their status to permanent residents.


  • Green Cards for Family Members US citizens may sponsor their spouses, parents, children, and siblings for green cards while green card holders may apply for their spouses and unmarried children.





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