Qualifications for Family-Based Immigration to the US
To be eligible for lawful permanent residence based on a family relationship the alien relative must meet the following criteria:
He/she must have a relative who is a United States citizen or a lawful permanent resident of the United States who can provide documentation proving their status and is willing to sponsor the relative for lawful permanent residence by filing the I-130, Petition for Alien Relative.
The sponsoring relative must prove they can support
the alien by providing documentation that their income
is 125% above the mandated poverty line for their
family, including the beneficiary and all other sponsored
If the sponsoring relative is a US Citizen and they
can legally prove the alien relative shares one of
the following relationships, the alien may be eligible
for lawful permanent residence. Please see below
for preference category information.
Husband or wife;
Child under 21 years old;
Unmarried son or daughter over 21;
Married son or daughter of any age;
Brother or sister if you are at least 21 years old; or
Parents if you are at least 21 years old.
If the sponsoring relative is a lawful permanent resident and he/she can legally prove the alien relative shares one of the following relationships, the alien may be eligible for lawful permanent residence. Please see our Qualifying Family Relationships and the Visa Allocation section for preference category information: