Many people might know that there are different family preferences for getting a family-based green card. United States immigration law does allow certain noncitizens who are family members of US citizens and lawful permanent residents to become lawful permanent residents themselves. In other words, the law lets them get a green card.
If you would like to know more about your family member’s eligibility, speak with an immigration attorney right away.
Immediate family members of US citizens include the spouse of a US citizen, the unmarried child under 21 of a US citizen, or the parent of a US citizen over the age of 21. These immediate relatives can apply for an adjustment of status to obtain lawful permanent resident status while you are in the US.
If you are a widow or widower of a US citizen, you can apply for a green card, even if you have been married for less than two years. You must prove you entered into the marriage in good faith. If your spouse has already filed for a green card on your behalf, you do not need to do anything else. Eventually, you will have to prove you were still married at the time of your spouse’s death.
Relatives who are not immediate family members may still qualify to become lawful permanent residents based on their family relationships. These other family members eligible to apply for a green card qualify for the following preference immigrant categories:
If you fall into one of these groups and are eligible for a green card, you may become a lawful permanent resident.
You are eligible to receive an immigrant visa if:
You may have a bar to the adjustment of your status. These include entering the US illegally and committing certain crimes. Some of these bars are:
You may still be able to file for adjustment, but you need a good immigration attorney to help you obtain a waiver of inadmissibility.
Vestal Immigration Law assists families in reuniting in the United States and obtaining their necessary green cards and legal status. Contact our office for more information about your options.
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