Can citizens sponsor their parents for Green Cards?
Yes, but the citizen must be over the age of 21.
Under immigration law, the parents of U.S. citizens are considered to be immediate relatives. Green Cards for immediate relatives are a priority. To petition a parent, a U.S. citizen must file Form I-130. If petitioning for a mother, the citizen must submit a copy of a birth certificate that shows the citizen and the mother’s name. If petitioning for a father, the citizen must submit a copy of a birth certificate that shows the names of both parents, a copy of parents’ marriage certificate and copies of documents of parents’ previous marriage (if applicable).
Citizens who are under the age of 21 cannot yet petition a parent.
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