Preference Relatives for Immigration Purposes
Preference Relatives or Preference Categories apply to family members who are relatives but not immediate relatives. There are a limited number of visas available to relatives who fall into the category of preference relatives. The government limits the number of persons who are issued visas by assigning a priority date to each relative who has an approved Alien Relative Petition.
The visas available to preference relatives are subject to annual numerical limits.
An I-130 is approved for a preference relative and the relative is given a priority date. Visas are provided to preference relatives according to their priority date and on a first come first serve bases. There are limited situations when a preference relative is granted permission to enter the United States before his or her priority date becomes current.
Preference Categories are as follows:
• First preference: Unmarried, adult sons and daughters of U.S. citizens (adult means 21 or older).
• Second Preference (2A): Spouses of green card holders, unmarried children (under 21) of permanent residents.
• Second Preference (2B): Unmarried adult sons and daughters of permanent residents.
• Third Preference: Married sons and daughters (any age) of U.S. citizens.
• Fourth Preference: Brothers and sisters of adult U.S. citizens.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Kyndra L. Mulder, Esquire
Kyndra L Mulder, Esquire has been an attorney for over 25 years. She focuses on United States Immigration and Nationality Law including criminal defense for the immigrant.
Kyndra L Mulder, Esquire files Alien Relative Petitions for United States Citizens and Permanent Residents who would like to sponsor relatives in foreign countries throughout the world.
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