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Green Card through Family Members - Frequently Asked Questions


What is a Green Card?

A Green Card, Alien Registration Receipt Card Form I-551, is the permanent work and residence permit for foreign nationals who reside legally in the U.S.


What is a family based Green Card?

A family based Green Card is issued based on the fact that you have a relative who is a citizen or a lawful permanent resident of the U.S.

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Who is eligible to sponsor a family based Green Card?

To be eligible to sponsor a relative to immigrate to the U.S. you must:

  • Be a citizen or a lawful permanent resident of the U.S. and be able to provide documentation proving your status
  • Prove that you can support your relative at 125 per cent above the mandated poverty line

As a U.S. citizen, who can I sponsor for a family based Green Card?

As a U.S. citizen, you may petition for the following foreign national relatives to immigrate to the U.S.:

  • Husband or wife
  • Unmarried child under 21
  • Unmarried son or daughter over 21
  • Married son or daughter of any age
  • Brother or sister, if you are at least 21 years old
  • Parents, if you are at least 21 years old

Note: You must be able to provide proof of the relationships.

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