Green Card Through Family
Many people get Green Cards (become permanent residents) through family members. You may be eligible to get a Green Card as:
1) An immediate relative of a U.S. citizen, this includes spouses, unmarried children under the age of 21, and parents of U.S. citizen petitioners 21 or older
Immediate relatives have special immigration priority and do not have to wait in line for a visa number to become available for them to immigrate because there are an unlimited number of visas for their particular categories.
2) A family member of a U.S. citizen fitting into a preference category, this includes unmarried sons or daughters over the age of 21, married children of any age, and brothers and sisters of U.S. citizen petitioners 21 or older
Congress has limited the number of relatives who may immigrate under these categories each year so there is usually a waiting period before an immigrant visa number becomes available.
3) A family member of a green card holder, this includes spouses and unmarried children of the sponsoring green card holder
Congress has limited the number of relatives who may immigrate under these categories each year so there is generally a long waiting period before an immigrant visa number becomes available.
4) A member of a special category, this can include battered spouse or child (VAWA), a K nonimmigrant, a person born to a foreign diplomat in the United States, a V nonimmigrant or a widow(er) of a U.S. Citizen
These adjustment of status programs are limited to individuals who meet particular qualifications and/or apply during certain time frames.