Daily Archives: October 3, 2016


Immediate Relatives If you are a U.S. citizen who wants to help your relatives immigrate into the U.S. and receive a green card, you must first sponsor them by petitioning for their immigrant visa. Immediate Relative (IR) immigrant visas are available for certain close relatives of a U.S. citizen, including their spouse, unmarried children under 21, and parents. This means that these close relatives do not need to wait for a visa number to become available; their visa number becomes available immediately. There are 5 categories of IR immigrant visas that a U.S. citizen can use to help bring their loved ones into the U.S. They include: IR-1: U.S. citizen’s spouse; IR-2: U.S. citizen’s unmarried child under 21; IR-3: U.S. citizen’s child adopted abroad; IR-4: U.S. citizen’s child adopted in the US; and IR-5: U.S. citizen’s parent over 21. Non-Immediate Relatives To help immigrate more distant relatives that do not classify […]

Understanding the Family Immigration Categories