A 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 must prove that he/she
is the U.S. Citizen or a Green Card Holder by providing the appropriate documentation to the
USCIS. Applicant must also show that his/her financial income is 125% above the poverty line
for his/her family. If the relative does not meet this financial criteria, joint sponsor can be added
to the application.
K-1 visas permit U.S. citizens to bring their fiancés from another country into the United States. Once K-1 visa is issued to the foreign national, the U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident and the foreign fiancé have 90 days to marry and apply for permanent residency.
Q: How long does it take to get a green card through family?
A: It depends on a few factors. Are you a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident? Are you in the United States or you are outside of the United States at the time of application? If you are outside of the United States, you will need to apply for a visa first. If you are in the united states you can move to adjust your status through filing appropriate USCIS forms. Schedule consultation with an attorney for a more specific answer.
Q: My husband has a green card; can I apply for a green card as his wife?
Q: My father just became a permanent resident. Can I apply for a green card as his son? And if so, how long does it take?
A: Yes. Your father can petition for you and you can also receive a green card. The process will depend on your age and whether you are married or not. The length of the process will also depend on the priority dates. For more information on Priority dates, check www.travel.state.gov.
Q: What is the difference in the process between relative of the U.S. Citizen and relative of the Permanent Resident?
A: The main difference is the processing time and priority dates. For more information on Priority dates, check www.travel.state.gov