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Green Card through Family Members - Frequently Asked Questions


How do I bring my child to live in the U.S. on a family based Green Card?

There is a three-step process for your child or son or daughter to become a legal immigrant in the U.S.:

  • You must obtain United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) approval of an immigrant visa petition that you file for your child, son or daughter
  • The State Department must then give your son or daughter an immigrant visa number, even if he or she is already in the U.S. If you are a U.S. citizen and the child is both under 21 years of age and unmarried, a visa number is not required
  • If your child or son or daughter is:
  • Outside the U.S., your child or son or daughter will be notified to go to the local U.S. consulate to complete the processing for an immigrant visa when one becomes available
  • Legally in the U.S. when an immigrant visa number becomes available (or if one is not required), your child or son or daughter may apply to Adjust Status to that of a lawful permanent resident using the
    Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status

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What is the definition of sibling for a family based Green Card?

A sibling is a brother, sister, stepbrother, stepsister, or adopted brother or sister. For the necessary sibling relationship to exist, each person must have been a child of at least one of the same parents. The siblings need not share the same biological parents as long as both became ‘children’ at the appropriate time (before the age of 16 in cases of adoption, and before the age of 18 for stepchildren).

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