The U.S. Family Immigration Permit allows permanent residents and U.S. citizens to file a petition for their family members, who are not living in the U.S, to join them. Once this petition is approved, each family member will be issued a K-3/K-4 visa, or a fiancé visa or a U.S., Green Card, depending on the relationship with the U.S. citizen (sponsor). The U.S. Family Immigration permit comes in 2 categories -the Immediate Relatives of U.S. citizen visa category and the Family Preference relatives of the U.S. citizen visa category. In the Immediate Relatives of U.S. citizen visa category, there is no limit on the number of green cards issued to them in a year and family relatives who fall under this category includes the same-sex or opposite-sex spouse of U.S. citizen, their unmarried children under the age of 21, adopted orphans, if any. The parents of the U.S. citizen may join once the U.S. citizen child turns 21. The Family Preference Relatives of the U.S. Citizen Visa category is subject to yearly quotas depending on the home country of the beneficiary.
There are 4 preferences under the Family Preference Relatives, which are:
The unmarried children of the U.S. citizen of any age fall under this subcategory.
Same-sex or opposite-sex spouse of the U.S. citizen, unmarried children (including widows and divorced partners), and minor children of the U.S. citizen, who are up to 21 years of age fall under this subcategory.
Married children of the U.S. citizens, their spouse, and minor children fall under this subcategory.
Siblings (including adoptive and half siblings), of a U.S. citizen, their spouse, and minor children fall under this subcategory.
The beneficiary must not be married at the time of filing the petition and must remain unmarried until the Green Card has been issued to be eligible for the U.S. Family Immigration Permit. The petitioner must either be a U.S. citizen or a Lawful Permanent Resident and must be related to the U.S. citizen or Permanent Resident.
The following documents are also required:
The U.S. Family Immigration Permit Fees is paid for each family member entering the U.S. irrespective of the age, and this fee is non-refundable.