Green Card through family is an opportunity for family members of Green Card holders and American citizens. In this article, we have compiled the conditions, process and advantages of applying for a Green Card through a family member of an American citizen and the steps to American citizenship.
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The main topics to be covered in this article:

What is a Green Card through family?

The family Green Card is a category of Green Card available to U.S. citizens and certain family members of Green Card holders. 

Family members of American citizens who are eligible for a Green Card:

Family members of Green Card holders who are eligible for a Green Card:

In this article, Green Card option offered for family members of American citizensis discussed. For detailed information about the Green Card for family members of Green Card holders, you can checkour other article.

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What are the requirements for applying for a Green Card through family?

NOTE:If the applicant is the sibling or parent of an American citizen, the American citizen must be at least 21 years old.

How to get a Green Card through family?

Once you meet the requirements, you can apply for a Green Card through your family from within the US or through consulates in your home country.

Applying for a Green Card through the US Consulate

STEP 1: Completing the I-130 Form

The first step is for your sponsoring US citizen family member to fill out the I-130 form on your behalf and send it to USCIS. By submitting the I-130 form and the required documents, you are proving your relationship to the USCIS. The I-130 form and the list of documents that must accompany it From the USCIS website you can reach.

STEP 2: Green Card Application with DS-260 Form

Once the I-130 form is approved, you can submit it online DS-260 You can apply for a Green Card by filling out the form.

STEP 3: Medical Examination

Prior to the interview appointment, you must obtain a medical examination report from an embassy-approved doctor. Information on the relevant doctors from the consulate's website you can reach.

STEP 4: Interview

After you apply for your Green Card with the DS-260 form, you will receive an interview date on the same page. Before attending the interview, your family member must fill out the I-864 form and declare that they will sponsor you financially and show that they meet the financial requirements. A consular officer will conduct your interview and you may be asked questions about all the information you filled in on the forms.

STEP 5 Application Result

Your application status CEAC's website You can check by entering your immigrant visa application number (Immigrant Visa Case Number). If your Green Card application has been approved, the consular officer will give you an information package. You should never open this package, which is called a "Visa Packet". Once you arrive in the US, you give the packet to the officer at the border crossing and the officer will review your documents and decide whether or not to accept you into the country. Within 45 days of your arrival, your Green Card will be printed and sent to your US address.

Applying for a Green Card through Change of Status within the United States

STEP 1: Completion of Forms I-130, I-485 and I-864

First, you and your American citizen family member fill out the I-130, I-864 and I-485 forms and send them to USCIS. 

By submitting the I-130 form and the required documents, you prove your relationship to the USCIS. The I-130 form and accompanying documents From the USCIS website you can reach.

By completing the I-485 form, you are applying for a Green Card through Adjustment of Status. Here is an updated list of the documents you need to submit with the I-485 form From the USCIS website you can reach.

STEP 2: Biometric Appointment

After you apply for a Green Card, USCIS sends you a document (form I-797C) with the date and place of your biometric appointment. When you attend your biometric appointment, your fingerprints will be scanned, your signature will be obtained and your photo will be taken.

STEP 3: Interview (if deemed necessary)

If USCIS decides that you need to attend an interview, it will send you interview appointment information by letter or online.

STEP 4 Application Result

Your application status From the USCIS website or by calling the USCIS contact center at +800-375-5283. Once your application has been decided, USCIS will send you a written decision letter. If your application has been accepted, your Green Card will be mailed some time after this letter. If your application was rejected, the letter will include the reasons for the rejection.

If you want to get a Green Card through your American citizen family member, we know what you need to do to succeed in the application process!

What is the validity period of a family Green Card?

Green Cards are usually issued for 10 years and can be renewed at the end of this period.

 

Working in the US with a Green Card through family

With a family Green Card, you can work anywhere and for any employer. Of course, it is important that your job does not require American citizenship, such as working for the federal government. 

What are the documents required for a Green Card through family?

Although the documents required for a Green Card through family differ from person to person, they are generally as follows:

NOTE: Some of these documents must be submitted with the forms, while others you are expected to bring with you to the interview. You can submit the documents in stages according to the instructions you will receive when you apply. For this reason, we recommend that you collect all documents completely before applying.

Missing documents may cause your Green Card application to be delayed or even rejected. To increase your chances of getting a Green Card, you can run your application with ALO, we are at your side with our professional team during the document collection phase!

How long does it take to apply for a Green Card through family?

Applying for a Green Card through family is one of the most common ways for American citizens family members for a total of approximately 2 to 6 years.

Unfortunately, it is not possible to give an exact deadline. The deadlines can vary greatly both depending on where the application is made and periodically. In addition, your kinship relationship with the American citizen is also a determining factor in terms of duration.

To keep up to date with USCIS processing times for I-130 and I-485 forms USCIS website you can visit.

How much does it cost to apply for a Green Card through family?

If you are applying through the consulate, the minimum Green Card application is $1350 as of 2023 (DS-260 Form, Examination Fee, USCIS Immigrant Fee, I-130 Form). 

If you are applying from within the US, the minimum Green Card application is $1880 as of 2023 (I-485 Form, I-864 Form, Form I-130, Biometric Appointment).

 

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What are the advantages of a Green Card through family?

Important tips about Green Card through family!

Can I get US citizenship with a Green Card through my family?

As a Green Card holder, you can obtain American citizenship after 5 years of residence in the United States. In addition, you must have been physically present in the US for a total of 2.5 years. You can visitour guide for detailed information about all the requirements for American citizenship and the application process .

Yes! Your US citizen family member must first demonstrate your family connection by filing an I-130 Form on your behalf. Then you can apply for Adjustment of Status by completing Form I-485 and submitting it to USCIS. 

It is useful to use as much of the above evidence as possible and to collect as much data as possible. 

You should take care to be as meticulous as possible during the document collection phase of the application process. Therefore, it is strongly recommended that you work with an expert immigration law firm such as ALO.

When applying for a Green Card within the USA, you can get a work permit by filling out the I-485 form along with the I-765 form. Thus, you can work without waiting for your Green Card application to be finalized.

Unlike employment-based Green Cards, they do not require a job offer or PERM. 

Yes, you can apply for US citizenship after fulfilling certain requirements and residing in the US for 5 years as a Green Card holder. For detailed information on the requirements and application process for US citizenship our guide you can visit.