Family Based Immigration
Permanent Residence status or “green card “ can be obtained through close family ties to U.S. citizen or permanent resident. Permanent residence confers rights of employment and residence in the U.S. without limitations. Congress has designated groups to whom it gives immigration preference.
- Immediate relatives of U.S. citizens: such as spouses of U.S. citizens; children of U.S. citizens, provided child is unmarried and under the age of 21; parents of U.S. citizens, provided citizen is 21 years of age or older;
- Other close family members of U.S. citizens, immigrants eligible for classification in the first, third and fourth family based preference;
- Spouses and unmarried sons and daughters of permanent residents eligible for classification in the second prefernce