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The Family Preference Categories

The Family Preference Categories

Petitions based on family relationships divided into various categories. These include:

  1. First preference: unmarried sons and daughters of American citizens. This category refers to the adult children of U.S. citizens or those who have reached the age of 21 years prior to issuance of the immigrant visa.
  2. Second preference: spouses, sons and daughter of lawful permanent residents ;
  3. Third preference: married sons and daughter of U.S. citizen.
  4. Fourth preference: brothers and sisters of U.S. citizens.  

There is no preference category for spouses or unmarried minor children of American citizens, because there is no numerical limitation placed on the immigration of the spouses or unmarried minor children of American citizens. Immigrant visas are always immediately available to them. however, they too must be admissible to the U.S. before a permanent resident visa can be issued to them. The actual request for permanent resident status for an alien in one of the above-listed preference categories is made on Form I-130. It must be filed with the INS Regional Service Center having jurisdiction over the place where the person filing the application.

H&A ASSOCIATES, P.C     John D. Hu, Esq.

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