The most common way non-U.S. citizens get Permanent Residency Status (a green card) is through family sponsorship. That’s because any U.S. citizen, even naturalized citizens, are allowed to sponsor an immediate relative.
Who can be sponsored by a U.S. citizen?
Most relatives can be sponsored by a U.S. citizen. Those who are allowed include:
- Unmarried children
- Married children
Who can be sponsored by a permanent resident?
Permanent residents can also sponsor some family members for a green card, but the list is much shorter. Permanent residents can only sponsor unmarried children and spouses.
The process to sponsor a family member
There are several steps to apply for a green card through family sponsorship:
Common issues with family sponsorship
There are some reasons a relative won’t be approved for adjustment of status:
- The relative is not in the U.S.
- The relative entered the U.S. without going through a port of entry.
- The relative overstayed the visa they used to come to the U.S.
If this happens, consular processing may be needed. That means the relative has to apply at a consulate or U.S. embassy in a country other than the U.S. Sometimes you may have to apply for a waiver.
If you are interested in family sponsorship, ask for our help. We can tell you how to complete the forms and when to turn them in. Call us today at 813-298-7222, or email us by clicking here, or schedule an appointment by clicking here.