As a United States citizen, one of your rights is the right to sponsor your family members if they want to move to the U.S. but are citizens of another country. Regardless of whether you are a natural-born citizen or a naturalized citizen, family immigration can be a way for you to reconnect with the people who matter the most to you.
There are rules regarding which family members you can help immigrate. Understanding these rules can help you determine if sponsoring your loved one is likely to be successful.
Your closest family members have first priority
As an American citizen, your immediate family members have priority consideration when it comes to family immigration. Your spouse, unmarried children under the age of 21 and parents can potentially enter the U.S. with your sponsorship. There are no limits to the number of people who can enter the country through this kind of sponsorship nor the number of relatives in these three categories that you can sponsor.
However, there are additional categories including the second preference, third preference and fourth preference. Second preference family immigration applies to immediate family members of Permanent Residents, while third preference family immigration applies to the married children of citizens. Fourth preference can help you if you would like to sponsor your sibling for immigration purposes.
It usually starts with a visa
The first step in helping your loved ones enter and live in the U.S. is for them to secure a visa. Once they enter the country and stay in accordance with their visa, you can explore other options, like seeking a Green Card or even applying for citizenship. Getting the right help with this process could speed things up by avoiding mistakes and oversights.