Green Card Based on Marriage to US Citizen or Family Relationship

In the interest of promoting family unity, the U.S. government may allow U.S. citizens to petition for an immigrant visa for certain qualified relatives. Eligible immediate relatives include the U.S. Citizen’s:


  • Spouse
  • Unmarried child under the age of 21
  • Parent (if the U.S. citizen is over the age of 21)


There are unlimited visas available for these categories of immediate relatives, who have special immigration priority. If a family relationship does not qualify an individual as an immediate relative of a U.S. citizen, then this individual may be included in a “family preference category.”  Eligible relatives include:


  • Unmarried sons or daughters over the age of 21
  • Spouses and children under the age of 21 of Lawful Permanent Residents
  • Married children of any age of U.S. Citizens
  • Brothers and sisters (if the U.S. citizen petitioner is over the age of 21)


There is generally a waiting period for individuals seeking an immigrant visa within the family preference category, as Congress has limited the number of relatives who may immigrate under these categories each year. Wait times are updated and published monthly on a Visa Bulletin available from the U.S. Department of State.


Go to the Resources Tab on the top of the page and follow the VISA BULLETIN link to check current wait times for preference categories.

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Southfield, MI 48034

Phone: +1 248-663-5150

E-mail: SL@VisasTo.US


Or use our contact form.

For changes of address, Form AR-11 must be sent to the following address OR submitted online at www.uscis.gov:  DHS/USCIS, Harrisonburg File Storage Facility, Attn:  AR-11, 1344 Pleasants Drive, Harrisonburg, VA 22801.


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