Who can American Citizens bring to the United States?
If you are a U. S. citizen, you may be wondering, whom can I bring to the United States?
You may petition for certain family members to receive a Green Card or a Fiancé Visa which is the K Visa or a K-3/K-4 Visa. It all depends on your relationship. Now you can get Green Cards for your parents, for your spouse, for your sons and daughters (it does not matter their age or their marital status), and also for your siblings (it does not matter their age or marital status either). You can petition to bring your spouse and minor children to be with you, temporarily, while their Green Cards are being processed abroad with a K-3 and K-4 Visa. Now I have to tell you that this is only rarely used now because it takes so long that by the time the government does approve your K-3/K-4 Visa, you already have your Green Card so you don't need it, but it is still an option.
Also, you can bring your fiancé and their minor children. That's what the K-1/K-2 Visa is, but this is only temporary. Now, if you marry your fiancé then you can get him or her, as well as their children, a Green Card.
Very important, those are the only people you can petition for. An American citizen cannot petition for anyone else: your grandparents, your cousins, uncles. Nope! Not even if they raised you. If you were adopted, talk to an immigration lawyer before you file a petition. Also, if you have a criminal record, talk to an immigration lawyer before you file your petition. Because those two situations raise some concerns.
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This is attorney, Tania Silva with The Immigration Force.