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Green Card - Immediate Relatives of U.S. Citizens - Frequently Asked Questions

1.

Who may petition for their parents to live in the U.S. as lawful permanent resident?

Only U.S. citizens are eligible to petition for their parent(s) to live permanently in the U.S. A U.S. citizen must be at least 21 years of age to petition for a parent. Lawful permanent residents may not bring their parents to live permanently in the U.S.

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I am a U.S. citizen. How do I petition for my mother?

If you are applying to bring your mother to live in the U.S., you must file the following with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services:

  • Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative (if you are filing for both parents, you must file a separate petition for each parent)
  • A copy of your birth certificate showing your name and your mother’s name
  • If you were not born in the U.S., a copy of either
  • Your Certificate of Naturalization or Citizenship, or
  • Your U.S. passport

Note: If you have been legally adopted, you may not petition for your birth parent.

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