Generally, only U.S. citizens who are at least 21 years old may sponsor their siblings to permanently reside in the United States. Lawful permanent residents, such as green card holders, cannot bring their siblings.
Immigration law defines a sibling relationship as one where each person was a child of at least one of the same parents. Siblings include:
It is important that you provide all of the documentation needed for the authorities to process your application. What you must submit with the application depends on your relationship. For example, if you have the same mother, you won't have to provide as much information as a sibling relationship where there are different mothers. Documents needed include:
The nature of your relationship and the number of people applying for green cards will dictate when your sibling will obtain permanent residency. Immigration authorities place a quota that caps the number of green cards issued to every country. Siblings from India or Mexico generally have long waits. Unfortunately, it can take as long as 12 years.
If the sibling you are sponsoring is married, then their spouse and children are also permitted to permanently reside in the United States. If the sibling you are sponsoring is unmarried and over 21, her children are also permitted to reside in the United States. But, if your sibling is unmarried and under 21, then she would have to sponsor her child once she is in the United States and has obtained permanent residency.
Being separated from a sibling can be a very emotional experience. An experienced immigration attorney can help you determine which documents you need so that your petition to bring your sibling to the United States is approved as quickly as possible. An immigration lawyer also can help you file your petition and suggest methods to bring other relatives to the United States.
Last Modified: 06-10-2015 10:43 AM PDTLaw Library Disclaimer
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