Family Immigration and Naturalization
Immigration through a family member who is a US citizen or permanent resident is the most common way of gaining US residency.
Which relationships qualify to sponsor a visa?
Qualifying relationships are grouped into two main categories – immediate relatives and other close family members. Immediate relatives of US citizens are given special preferential treatment. First and foremost, they are allowed to immigrate in unlimited numbers.
Who is considered an immediate relative?
Who can be considered a preference relative?
Other close family members of citizens and permanent residents are also allowed to immigrate, subject to annual numerical limitations.
The following are other relatives who are allowed to immigrate:
There are many technical rules relating to the allotment of visas in this group, as well as definitions of the family relationship.