To get sponsorship for a U.S. Family-Based Green Card, you have to have a relative who is a U.S. citizen or, in some cases, a relative who is a U.S. Green Card Holder. The process of getting a Green Card, whether family-based or employment-based, most of the time requires a sponsorship.
The immediate relative-sponsored Green Card process was designed for purposes of family reunification as mandated by the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965. Before this time, legal immigration was exclusive to foreign nationals from three countries: United Kingdom, Ireland and Germany. President Lyndon B. Johnson, who signed the Act, once called the old immigration system “Un-American.” The new system drastically opened up immigration opportunities for many. These laws haven’t changed much since then.
Immediate Relative Sponsor
There is an unlimited number of U.S. Green Card available to immediate relatives of U.S. Citizens. An immediate relative is considered to be a person who is one of the following:
- A Spouse
- An Unmarried child who is under the age of 21
- A parent of sponsoring U.S. citizen (The U.S. citizen who is sponsoring must be over the age of 21)
Family Preference Category Sponsor
If you are a family member but do not exactly fit into one of the above consideration, there is a limit set each year to the amount of U.S. Green Cards available to you, and this means that unlike immediate relatives, you will have a waiting period. But the important thing is that you can still classify as a family member through the family preference category. This category applies to the following:
- An Unmarried son or daughter who is over the age of 21
- A Married son or daughter of any age
- A Brother or a Sister (The U.S. citizen who is sponsoring must be over the age of 21)
How Can a Permanent Resident Sponsor Your U.S. Green Card?
A permanent resident can sponsor your U.S. Green Card if you are an immediate relative only (See above). There is a limit set each year to the amount of Green Cards made available under this category.
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