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Family Preference Category

Family Preference Category includes your unmarried sons or daughters over 21, your married children of any age, and your brothers and sisters

Family Preference Category includes your unmarried sons or daughters over 21, your married children of any age, and your brothers and sisters

Family Preference Category includes your unmarried sons or daughters over  21, your married children of any age, and your brothers and sisters. Eligible family members of a U.S. citizen may be able to obtain their permanent residence through “family preference category” if sponsored by a U.S. citizen.

If you are a citizen of the United States, you can file a petition for your relative and help them to become lawful permanent residents of the United States by obtaining a green card. If you do so, you need to sponsor your relative and be able to prove that you have enough income or assets to support your relatives when they come to the United States.

Although, as a U.S. citizen, you will be able to submit petitions for other eligible family members, such as your unmarried sons or daughters over  21, your married children of any age, and your brothers and sisters; these family members may not get a green card right away. For instance, if your children are older than 21 or are married, they will wait usually for several years before getting a green card. Similarly, your brothers and sisters will also wait for at least 12 years.

On the other hand, the immediate relatives of U.S. citizens have a special consideration. This includes a U.S. citizen’s spouse, unmarried children under 21, and parents. There is no waiting list to immigrate these relatives.

The Naturalization Test

As part of the naturalization process, applicants are required to take a test on English regarding the Civics (U.S. history and government.) The Federal Government provides resources to help you prepare.

Dual Citizenship

If you are eligible and decide to apply for your U.S. citizenship, you must show your commitment to the United States and your loyalty to its Constitution. As a result you will be allowed to benefit from all the rights and privileges that are part of U.S. citizenship.

 

Family Preference Category Includes: