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Can I Bring My Sibling to the United States?


To petition to bring your sibling (brother or sister) to live in the United States as a Green Card holder, you must be a U.S. citizen and at least 21 years of age. Permanent residents may not petition to bring siblings to live permanently in the United States, unless and until they naturalize and become a U.S. Citizen.


A U.S. citizen who is age 21 or older may, by law, petition to have brothers and sisters (siblings) immigrate to the United States in certain circumstances. The definition of sibling in U.S. immigration law includes people who were the children of at least one common parent; that is, it includes half-blood siblings.


Again, a U.S. citizen who is over the age of 21 can petition for siblings, and the definition includes not only biological brothers and sisters, but step-brothers and step-sisters under certain circumstances.

Step-siblings share no blood relation, but one sibling’s biological parents married the other’s biological parent. For example, your mother married your step-sibling’s father. Under immigration laws, you are considered a step-sibling, even if neither stepparent adopted their stepchildren or you and your step-sibling never lived in the same house. The only requirement to establish a step-sibling relationship is that either you or your step-sibling was under 18 years old when your parents married.

The process to sponsor a sibling is a lengthy one, but it's worth the wait.

Contact Yekrangi & Associates Today

For more information, contact the Orange County Immigration Attorneys at Yekrangi & Associates today. We will fight for you. Yekrangi & Associates works to meet a higher standard. Our first goal is your satisfaction. Contact us at (949) 478-4963 to schedule a consultation or complete our convenient “Get Your Consultation” form here. We are located in Irvine, California.

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