Family Immigration Issues
How Can I Help My Family Member Immigrate?
Call Seattle Family Law if you need help with your family immigration issues.
Your status determines which relatives (or future relatives such as a fiancé(e) or prospective adopted child) may be eligible to receive immigration benefits. In order to help a family member immigrate to the United States, you must be a:
- U.S. citizen
- Permanent resident (green card holder)
- Refugee admitted as a refugee within the past 2 years or asylee granted asylum within the past 2 years
Family of U.S. Citizens
As a U.S. citizen, you may petition for certain family members based on your relationship.
Relatives for Whom You (U.S. Citizen) May Petition and Related Benefits and Required Forms
|Type of Relative for Whom You May Petition||Immigration Benefit||Related Forms|
||Permanent Residency (Green Card)||
||K-3/K-4 Nonimmigrant Visa||
Family of Permanent Residents (Green Card Holders)
As a permanent resident (green card holder), you may petition for certain family members to immigrate to the United States as permanent residents.
You May Petition For The Following Family Members:
- Spouse (husband or wife)
- Unmarried children under 21
- Unmarried son or daughter of any age
To obtain a green card for your family member, you must:
- File Form I-130
- Provide proof of your status to demonstrate that you are a permanent resident.
- Submit evidence of the qualifying relationship such as a birth certificate, marriage certificate, divorce decree, etc. See the form instructions for specific documents required.
- Submit proof of any legal name change for you or your family member (the beneficiary).
See the instructions for Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative, for detailed instructions.
If you or a member of your family is in the U.S. military special conditions may apply to your situation.