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If you are a Citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident of the United States, you may file an immigration petition for your family members. If the family member is already in the U.S., then you may file a petition for an Adjustment of Status for each family member. Such family-based immigration sponsorship falls into two categories: immediate family member sponsorship, and those falling under a “preferences” category.

The immediate family member sponsorships include:

  • Spouses of U.S. citizens

  • Parents of U.S. citizens, and

  • Unmarried children under 21 years of age of US citizensy

The “preferences” categories include:

First Category

  • (F1) Unmarried Sons and Daughters of U.S. Citizens

Second Category

  • (F2A) Spouses and Children of Permanent Residents

  • (F2B) Unmarried Sons and Daughters (21 years of age or older) of Permanent Residents

Third Category

  • (F3) Married Sons and Daughters of U.S. Citizens

Fourth Category

  • (F4) Brothers and Sisters of Adult U.S. Citizens

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Although a visa is always available for the immediate family sponsorship, but there are limited number of family-based visas under a preference category. A waiting period is allotted based on one’s priority date (which is the date an Immigrant Petition for a Relative was filed) and is updated monthly on Visa Bulletin. One may need to wait for priority date to be current/visa availability to adjust status in the United States.

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