United States citizens and permanent residents can assist their qualifying foreign relatives in petitioning for citizenship and permanent residency in the United States. In order for a foreign relative to become a lawful U.S. permanent resident, the following general criteria must be met:
- The foreign national applying for a visa or green card must have a relative who is either a U.S. citizen or a lawful permanent resident of the United States. The applicant’s relative must be able to show documentation of their status as a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, as well as proof of their relationship to the applicant
- The applicant’s relative must prove his/her financial income is 125% above the poverty line for his/her entire family, including the applicant. If the relative does not meet this financial criterion, then he/she can become a joint sponsor with another relative, or the applicant’s assets can be taken into account
- If the applicant’s relative is a U.S. citizen, he/she must prove that the applicant is his/her:
- Child under the age of 21 years
- Unmarried son or daughter over 21 years old
- Married son or daughter (any age)
- Brother or sister of U.S. citizen (if sponsoring relative is at least 21 years old)
- Parent of U.S. citizen (if sponsoring relative is at least 21 years old)
- If the applicant’s sponsoring relative is a U.S. permanent resident, he/she must prove that the applicant is his/her:
- Husband or wife
- Unmarried son or daughter of any age
If both the applicant and his/her relative meet these criteria, then the petitioning process can begin by filing a Petition for Alien Relative.
If you are interested in petitioning a foreign relative, contact our immigration attorneys at The Toribio Law Firm, PL for an initial consultation today.