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Green Card through Relatives Application Guide

United States Immigration Resources
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IMPORTANT: The sponsoring relative can be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident (Green Card holder). If the sponsoring relative is a U.S. citizen, you should download the application guide on this page. However, if the sponsoring relative is a Green Card holder, you should download the “Green Card through Permanent Resident Relative Application Guide”.

Obtaining a Green Card through Relatives is one possible option for individuals who have close relatives or family members in the United States. ... Family members may be eligible to apply for permanent resident status (also known as a Green Card) if the sponsoring relative is a United States citizen. The process of completing and submitting an application for a Green Card through your relative can be both costly and confusing. The GreenCard through Relatives Application Guide makes the application process easy to understand. This is a step-by-step guide to help you file your Family-Based Green Card application as efficiently and quickly as possible.

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A foreign national who wants to live and work permanently in the United States must first become a permanent resident (Green Card holder). One of the most common ways of obtaining a Green Card (U.S. permanent resident status) is through a relative who is already a U.S. permanent resident. Spouses and children of permanent residents qualify for green card status if they meet the required criteria and their permanent resident relatives are willing to act as their sponsors. In the Green Card through Permanent Resident Relative Application Guide you will learn how to apply for a Green Card through your Green Card holder relative.

You may submit an application for a Green Card if you have a close family member who is a United States citizen by birth or through naturalization.


The family member who will sponsor you for a Green Card can be your:

  • Husband or wife (please refer to our Green Card through Marriage application)
  • Widow or widower of a U.S. citizen
  • Brother or sister (including half-brothers and half-sisters)
  • Son or daughter (including illegitimate children)
  • Stepson or stepdaughter
  • Stepparent of a U.S. citizen child
  • Adopted son or daughter
  • Adopted parent (please refer to our Green Card through Adoption section)
  • Father or mother
  • Battered or abused spouse or child


IMPORTANT:
 The sponsoring relative can be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident (Green Card holder). If the sponsoring relative is a U.S. citizen, you should download the application guide on this page. However, if the sponsoring relative is a Green Card holder, you should download the “Green Card through Permanent Resident Relative Application Guide”.

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