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FAMILY-BASED VISA: Immediate Relatives (I-130)

There are essentially two kinds of visas that allow you to bring a family member to live in the US: (1) immediate family members and (2) other relatives.  This articles focuses on visas for immediate relatives.

It makes a big difference whether you are trying to get a green card for an immediate relative or some other family member.

In short, it’s much easier and much faster to apply for an immediate relative.

So, what is an “immediate relative”?

  • Spouse
  • Unmarried Child (under age 21)
  • Parent (if you are over age 21)
  • Orphan adopted abroad
  • Orphan to be adopted in the U.S.

Immediate Relative Immigrant Visas (Unlimited): These visa types are based on a close family relationship with a United States (U.S.) citizen described as an Immediate Relative (IR). The number of immigrants in these categories is not limited each fiscal year. Immediate relative visa types include: