Family Members of a U.S. Citizen within a Preference Category:


Other groups of family members of U.S. Citizens or permanent residents can qualify to immigrate to the United States, but are not considered “preferred” as they are not considered immediate relatives of citizens. Unfortunately, because there is only a limited number of visas available each year, these groups have been divided into “preference” categories, ranking them in the order they are preferred for immigration.

Essentially the higher the preference, the more quickly a visa will be allotted to an applicant.

Family Relationship

Order of Preference

Unmarried sons and daughters of U.S. citizens over the age of 21

First Preference

Spouses and unmarried sons and daughters of permanent residents

Second Preference

Married sons and daughters of U.S. citizens

Third Preference

Brothers and sisters of U.S. citizens where petitioner is 21 or older

Fourth Preference

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