Applying for the Green Card: Family
If you want to become a lawful permanent resident based on the fact that you have a relative who is a U.S. citizen or a relative who is a lawful permanent resident, you must go through a two-step process:
Green Card Petition
The petitioning U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident must submit the Form I-130
to the USCIS Service Center along with supporting doucmentation. The supporting doucmentation must provide proof of your relationship.
Obtaining an Umm
If you are already present in the U.S., you can adjust your nonimmigrant status to permanent resident status once the green card petition is approved and a Visa number is available to you.
If you are outside the U.S., you must apply for Consular Processing of an immigrant visa at the American Consulate nearest your permanent residence once the green card petition is approved and a visa number is available to you.
Other Important Information
The petitioner/sponsor must provide an Affidavit of Support, USCIS Form I-864
. All Applicants must submit certain personal documents such as passports, birth certificates, police certificates, and other civil documents. The consular officer will inform visa applicants of the documents needed as their applications are processed.
Before the issuance of an immigrant visa, every applicant, regardless of age, must undergo a medical examination. The examination will be conducted by a doctor designated by the consular officer (in the case of Consular processing) or the USCIS (in the case of adjustment of status). Costs for such examinations must be borne by the applicant, in addition to the visa fees.
Whenever there are more qualified applicants for a category than there are available numbers, the category will be considered oversubscribed, and immigrant visas will
be issued in the chronological order in which the petitions were filed until the numerical limit for the category is reached. The filing date of a petition becomes the applicant's priority date. Immigrant visas cannot be issued until an applicant's priority date is reached. In certain heavily oversubscribed categories, there may be a waiting period of several years before a priority date is reached. Review the Visa Bulletin
for the latest priority dates.
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