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Who is eligible for family-based green cards?

The question is of keen interest to people around the world. Who is eligible for a family-based green card from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)? If you are already a U.S. citizen or a green card holder, you might be able to successfully petition for members of your family to live permanently here.

The Asian Journal notes that your family member's eligibility will depend on their familial relationship to the citizen or green card holder.

For a U.S. citizen, members of their immediate family (unmarried children under age 21; father or mother of the citizen; spouse of the citizen) are eligible to receive a green card right away. However, these are subject to quotas.

There is a second USCIS preference of family members: these are spouses and unmarried children under 21 of green card holders. Again, these are subject to quotas, so you should speak with a Staten Island immigration attorney who can help you understand your legal options and help you file the paperwork as well.

The publication notes that the process of gaining admission to the U.S. begins with petitioning USCIS. That process will include submitting proof of the familial relationship existing between the petitioner and the prospective immigrant.

The publication also states that the immigration process can be long and detailed.

At the Law Offices of Stephen Santucci, PC, we help clients get through the process so that they can focus on other aspects of their lives. We also assist with effective deportation defense for immigrant families.

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