This application is appropriate for individuals who have adjusted status to Lawful Permanent Resident in the U.S. and whose family member(s) will apply for an Immigrant Visa at a U.S. consulate abroad. This process is known as "Follow to Join."
Most U.S. consulates require an approved Form I-824 application in order to start the Follow to Join process. The Form I-824 notifies the U.S. consulate that a Primary Applicant's status has been adjusted to Lawful Permanent Resident.
The benefit of filing a Follow to Join application is that qualifying family members may apply for an Immigrant Visa without waiting for a Form I-130 Immigrant Petition to be approved and a visa number to become available.
In order to qualify to Follow to join, the following criteria must be met:
Please note that individuals who married a Lawful Permanent Resident after he or she obtained a Green Card do not qualify to Follow to Join, nor do children who were born after their parent became a Lawful Permanent Resident.