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FB4 – Family Based Immigration for Brothers and Sisters of US Citizens

Basic Requirements:

The fourth family-sponsored preference is set aside for brothers and sisters of US Citizens.     The U.S. Citizens must be at least 21 years old to sponsor their brothers and sisters for green cards under this preference category.  The fourth preference category is assigned 65,000 annual visas.  Unfortunately due to this limit, there is a waiting list for this preference category.  The waiting time fluctuates.  Brothers and Sisters of U.S. Citizens from most countries should expect to wait about ten to eleven years after filing the first petition.   Individuals from Mexico, Dominican Republic, Philippines, China and India may have to wait even longer.

Family Members:

Spouse and children (under 21 and not married) of the brothers and sisters of U.S. Citizens are eligible to obtain derivative permanent resident status (green card) when the brother or sister of the U.S. Citizen obtains their green card.  They are allowed to accompany the brother or sister and remain in the United States.

Application Process:

The application process for this preference category is done to two steps.  First Step involves the US Citizen sibling petitioning the brother or sister.  When this petition is filed, the US CIS will issue a priority date.   Once the priority date is reached, signaling that a visa is available for this category, the brother or sister (and their immediate family) may go through the second step.  If the brother or sister is legally in the United States, they may adjust their status.   If the brother or sister is outside of the United States, they would apply through consular processing.

Fees:

The following is the attorney’s fee that the Law Office of William Jang, PLLC charges for a typical case of this type when filed in the United States at the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (US CIS) (please read the disclaimer on this page) and the filing fee currently charged by US Citizenship and Immigration Service (US CIS):

[Step 1]

  • $   750.00 attorney’s fees for the immigration petition.
  • $   420.00 US CIS filing fee for the immigration petition.

[Step 2]*

  • $1,500.00 attorney’s fees per immediate family for adjustment of status.
  • $1,070.00 per each person ($635.00 for each person under 14 years of age if applying with parent)

* The price quoted above is for Adjustment of Status for individuals already in the United States   If the applicant is outside of United States different fees will be applicable.

Experience:

The Law Office of William Jang, PLLC has extensive experience representing family members of U.S. Citizens and U.S. Permanent Residents obtain green cards.  Please see a sample of approved cases.

What do we need to get started?

Information and Documents needed for FB4 –Brothers and Sisters of US Citizens

Sample Retainer Agreement

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