It’s not easy to start a new year without your family by your side. If you are a lawful permanent resident or a U.S. citizen, there are options to help you reunite with family currently living in your country of origin. You can start an immigration process to sponsor your family members so you can hopefully start the next year with your family alongside you.
How to Help Your Family Get a Green Card
U.S. immigration law allows both lawful permanent residents and U.S. citizens to sponsor certain noncitizens to help them obtain a green card. Below we break down the four different preference categories of noncitizens eligible for a family-based green card.
First Preference (F1)
The first preference is reserved for the unmarried sons and daughters (21 years of age and older) of U.S. citizens. If you are a U.S. citizen who has unmarried sons and daughters over the age of 21, you can sponsor them for a green card.
Second Preference (F2A & F2B)
The second preference (F2A) is reserved for the spouses and children (unmarried and under 21 years of age) of lawful permanent residents. If you are a lawful permanent resident whose spouse or children live in your country of origin, you can help them obtain a green card so that they can join you in the states. The second preference (F2B) is for unmarried sons and daughters (21 years of age and older) of lawful permanent residents.
Third Preference (F3)
The third preference is reserved for married sons and daughters of U.S. citizens. U.S. citizens can sponsor their married children living in their country of origin, regardless of their age.
Fourth Preference (F4)
The fourth preference is reserved for the brothers and sisters of U.S. citizens (if the U.S. citizen is 21 years of age and older).