Family Petition for Permanent Residence in the U.S.

Who may file a family petition for permanent residence in the US

A citizen or lawful permanent resident of the United States may a file petition with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) to establish the existence of a relationship to certain alien relatives who wish to immigrate to the United States.

If you are a U.S. citizen, you must file a separate petition for each eligible relative. You may file a petition for:

  • Your spouse;
  • Your unmarried children under 21 years of age;
  • Your unmarried sons or daughters 21 years of age or older;
  • Your married sons or daughters of any age;
  • Your brothers or sisters (you must be 21 years of age or older); and
  • Your mother or father (you must be 21 years of age or older).

If you are a lawful permanent resident of the United States, you may file a petition for:

  • Your spouse;
  • Your unmarried child under 21 years of age; and
  • Your unmarried son or daughter 21 years of age or older.

Special cases