As a citizen of the United States, you may help your parents become lawful permanent residents by obtaining what is often referred to as a “green card.” To do so, you need to sponsor your parent and be able to prove that you have enough income or assets to support your parent when they come to the U.S.
The application process is complex and lengthy. We can help by preparing your petition and evidence, tracking your case processing, and completing all of the documents required for the National Visa Center and U.S. Department of State to process your case.
To bring your parents (mother or father) to live in the U.S. as permanent residents (green card holder), you must be a U.S. citizen and at least 21 years old. Permanent residents may not bring parents to live permanently in the United States. You will also need evidence you have stable income to support your parents, as well as any other dependents you may have. If you are not employed, you will need a co-sponsor to join your case.
You may apply for a parent green card for:
1. Your mother;
2. Your father,
3. Your stepparent;
4. Your adoptive parent.
Note: Your father-in-law and mother-in-law are not “parents” for immigration purposes.
How do I sponsor my parent for a family green card?
You begin the parent green card application process by filing Form I 130, Petition for Alien Relative. If your relatives are already in the U.S. and entered legally, then they may be able to file an I-485 application to adjust their status to lawful permanent resident at the same time as you file the I-130 relative petition.
What documents do I need to get a green cards for my parents?
To obtain green cards for your parents, you will need the following documents:
1. Proof of your US citizenship;
2. Your birth certificate with your mother’s name on it and your father’s name on it;
3. Copies of your mother and father’s marriage certificate; and
4. If you are sponsoring adoptive parents you will need your adoption decree.
If you do not have any of the above documents, we can help you determine if there is other acceptable evidence of your relationship to your parent.
What is the waiting time for a parent green card?
Parents of a U.S. citizen can immigrate to the United States without being subject to any numerical restrictions. This means that the parents of a U.S. citizen can apply for U.S. permanent resident status without any waiting time.
How long does the process take for my parents to be able to immigrate to the U.S.?
The entire process takes on average 8 to 15 months.