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Who can obtain a green card for their siblings?

On Behalf of | Dec 3, 2023 | Green Card

Family relationships are often among the most important bonds that someone will have in their life. Maintaining those relationships requires regular communication. Proximity is also helpful, as it facilitates regular visits. Family members who live near each other can provide different types of support to one other than those who live far apart cannot.

If one member of a family has successfully moved to the United States, they may hope to help their closest loved ones achieve the same thing. Who can help their siblings legally enter the U.S. and obtain green cards?

Only citizens can help siblings immigrate

There are many different family immigration programs operated by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Individuals who enter the country with visas or who become permanent residents can provide immigration opportunities for their spouses and unmarried minor children.

Those who want to reconnect with their brothers or sisters need to be U.S. citizens. Both natural-born and naturalized citizens can help their siblings obtain green cards. These family members can enter the country as permanent residents if they meet all of the criteria maintained by the USCIS.

The sibling who is a citizen will need to submit Form I-130. They will need proof of their citizenship. Additionally, both the citizen and their sibling will need to submit copies of their birth certificates to confirm they share a parent. The sibling who seeks to come to the U.S. will also need to provide medical records and undergo a thorough background check to qualify for a green card.

Having experienced guidance can help you make the process go more smoothly for you and your sibling seeking to obtain a green card.