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Family Preference Immigrant Visas

There are an unlimited number of visas given to immediate relatives of U.S. citizens each year. However, visas for more distant relatives are limited and based on categories of specified relationships. The limits on these categories are established by Congress and allow only a particular number of family preference visas to be awarded each year.

Family Preference Visa Categories

“Immediate relatives” are defined as spouses, minor unmarried children, adoptees, and parents of U.S. citizens. Other more distant relatives may qualify for a U.S. visa under a family preference category. Family preference categories include:

  • Family First Preference (F1): The unmarried children of U.S. citizens, and any of the children’s children under the age of 18.
  • Family Second Preference (F2): The spouses, children under the age of 18, and unmarried children over the age of 21 of U.S. legal permanent residents.
  • Family Third Preference (F3): Married children of U.S. citizens and their spouses and children.
  • Family Fourth Preference (F4): Siblings of U.S. citizens (if citizens are at least 21 years old), and these siblings’ spouses and children under age 18.

A grandparent, in-law, uncle, aunt, or cousin is not eligible to sponsor immigration for a relative.

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If you or a loved one is attempting to immigrate to the United States and are facing legal complications, an Austin immigration attorney from the Law Office of William Jang, PLLC, can help. For assistance with your visa issues or to learn more about family preference visa categories, contact our offices today by calling 512-323-2333.

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