Getting the green light on your family green card

On Behalf of | Nov 1, 2017 | Family Immigration

Immigration issues of all kinds are complex and difficult to understand, especially if you do not have an immigration law degree. Due to the ever-changing, constantly evolving laws and regulations that pertain to immigration, if you have questions or concerns about green cards and what they mean for the status of your family in Texas and elsewhere, you would be wise not to navigate these issues on your own.

If you are trying to get a green card for a family member, you know that you have a long road ahead. Family-based green cards require particular documentation, completed applications and much more. This is a daunting process, and it is fraught with challenges, but you do not have to face it alone.

Who can get a family green card?

There are multiple categories of people who may be eligible for a green card based on the status of family members. Some of the people who may be eligible for a family green card include the following individuals:

  • Immediate relatives of U.S. citizens, including spouses, unmarried children under the age of 21, or parents of a citizen who is at least 21 years old
  • Other relatives of U.S. citizens or permanent residents, including unmarried sons and daughters who are at least 21 years of age, married children of citizens, and brothers or sisters of U.S. citizens who are at least 21
  • Fiancés of U.S. citizens or children of a fiancé
  • Widow or widower of a U.S. citizen
  • Abused spouse, parent or child of a U.S. citizen or self-petitioning victim of cruelty

There are different tiers regarding preference, meaning that not everyone in your family may get a green card. Green cards have tiered preferences, which are as follows:

  • Immediate relatives
  • First preference, unmarried adult children of a citizen
  • Second preference, spouses and unmarried kids of a permanent resident
  • Third preference, children of citizens who are married
  • Fourth preference, adult siblings of citizens

Before you begin the process of seeking a green card for a family member or moving forward with any type of immigration action, you would be wise to be fully aware of your rights and legal options.

A complex area of law

There are many challenges and roadblocks that could be standing in the way of your immigration objectives. Whether you wish to know more about how green cards work, want to discuss an adjustment to your status or want to bring a loved one to the United States, it is beneficial to first start with a complete evaluation of your case.