Green Card [Green Card] -Family. Purpose:
foreign nationals married to American citizens;
newly widowed spouses of American citizens;
unmarried children under the age of 21 with at least one parent of an American citizen;
stepchildren of American citizens, if the marriage creating a parent-child relationship took place before the child’s 18th birthday;
adoptive parents of American citizens, if the marriage creating a parent-child relationship took place before the 18th birthday of the American citizen;
parents of American citizens if the American citizen is under the age of 21.
Green Card [Green Card] – Family. Advantages:
You have the unlimited right to live anywhere in the United States;
You do not need a Work Permit to work in the United States;
You can work in any company and in any position;
You can sponsor Green Cards for your relatives;
You can become a US citizen as soon as you awaken in permanent resident status for more than five years (only three years if you are currently married to an American citizen and the marriage has been valid within the past three years). categories of immigration through family ties – unlimited and limited:
Unlimited immigration based on family ties.
Immigrants who fall into this category do not have to wait for their turn on the Green Card.
The Green Card becomes available to them as soon as the visa application is approved by the US Immigration Center.
The following are entitled to this category:
spouses of American Citizens;
children of American Citizens under the age of 21 and unmarried;
stepchildren under the age of 21 and unmarried, if the marriage of his parent to an American citizen was concluded before the 18th birthday of the stepson;
parents of American Citizens older than 21;
permanent residents of the United States who have been in another country for more than one year.
Limited immigration based on family ties.
Immigrants falling into this category must wait for their turn for an immigrant visa according to the following priorities:
I. Unmarried children of American citizens over the age of 21 and their children are first-degree relatives. Twenty-three thousand four hundred Green Cards are allocated to this category annually.
II. Spouses with their own children, and unmarried children over 21 years of age of permanent residents of the United States, that is, holders of a Green Card, are second-degree relatives.
Every year 148,300 visas are allocated for this category, and 114,200 of them are for spouses with children, the rest for the children of permanent residents of the United States.
III. Unmarried children of American citizens, their spouses and children are third-degree relatives. Twenty-three thousand four hundred Green Cards are allocated to this category annually.
IV. Brothers and sisters of adult American citizens, their spouses and children are relatives of the fourth category. Sixty-five thousand Green Cards are allocated to this category annually.
Green Card [Green Card] -Family. Requirements and Documents
To be eligible to sponsor a US immigrant visa [Green Card], you must meet the following criteria:
You must be a US citizen or lawful permanent resident of the United States and be able to provide documentation proving your status;
You must prove that you can provide your relative with finances 125% above the official poverty line; Documents for registration.
The whole process of issuing a Green Card [Green Card] consists of two steps.
1. An American citizen or lawful permanent resident who is your relative must submit to the American Immigration Center [USCIS] Form I-130 – Immigrant Visa Application for Alien Relative. After USCIS approves the Petition, you will receive a USCIS-approved Form I-130.
2. If you are already in the United States, you can change your foreign tourist status to permanent resident status as soon as you receive an approved Green Card Application.
If you are outside the United States, you must apply for an Immigrant Visa at the US Consulate closest to your permanent residence as soon as you receive USCIS approval of the Petition.
The American Immigration Center [USCIS] must submit the following documents:
All documents in a foreign language must be accompanied by English translations, which the translator has certified that they are complete and correct, as well as the translator’s license proving his right and competence to translate from another language into English.
USCIS Form I-485, Application for United States Permanent Residence Registration, duly signed and registered upon full payment. For children under the age of 14, a parent or guardian may sign the Application;
Appendix to Form I-485 / A if additional payment is required;
Form G-325A – Curriculum Vitae for applicants aged 14 to 79;
USCIS Form I-693 Medical Examination Data;
CIS I-864 – Sworn Testimony of Support from a Sponsor;
Copy of USCIS Form I-94 – Original Arrival Document, or US Clearance;
A copy of the notice from USCIS if your Immigration Petition has been approved;
A copy of your passport page with your nonimmigrant visa if you received it at the US Consulate within the past year;
If your parent became a lawful permanent resident of the United States after your birth, then you must provide evidence that your parent has been or will be granted permanent residence in the United States. You must also provide proof of your relationship with your parent;
If your spouse becomes a lawful permanent resident of the United States after you are married, then you must provide evidence that your spouse has been granted permanent residence. You must also provide a copy of your Marriage Certificate and proof that any previous marriages you or your spouse entered into were legally terminated;
A copy of your foreign birth certificate;
Two identical color photographs in profile, without headgear, according to the following specifications: 1. Applications made within 30 days after registration;
2. Without a headdress, in profile with three quarters, showing the right side of your face and right ear, (you can wear a headdress if required by the religious order you follow;
3. Have a white background and not more than 2 inches from the top of the head to the crown of the head, and approximately 1 and 1/4 inches from the bottom to the chin; 4. On glossy paper.
Fingerprints for individuals between the ages of 14 and 75. After registering your application for immigration status, USCIS will notify you of the time and location for fingerprinting;
Police clearance certificates and other documents.
Green Card [Green Card] -Family. Other Important Information
The applicant / sponsor must provide an Affidavit of Support – USCIS Form I-864. All Applicants must provide certain personal documents: passports, birth certificates, police clearance certificates, and other civil documents. The consular officer will inform the visa applicants of the list of required documents.
Before receiving an immigrant visa, every applicant, regardless of age, must undergo a medical examination. The examination is carried out by a doctor designated by a member of the Consulate. The costs of the examination are borne by the applicant, in addition to paying for the visa.