Green Card Immediate Relative of U.S. Citizens

Frequently Asked Questions & Answers

1. Who may petition for their parents to live in the U.S. as lawful permanent resident?

Only U.S. citizens are eligible to petition for their parent(s) to live permanently in the U.S. A U.S. citizen must be at least 21 years of age to petition for a parent. Lawful permanent residents may not bring their parents to live permanently in the U.S.


2. I am a U.S. citizen. How do I petition for my mother?

If you are applying to bring your mother to live in the U.S., you must file the following with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services:

1. Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative

2.A copy of your birth certificate showing your name and your father’s name

3. If you were not born in the U.S., a copy of either

a.Your Certificate of Naturalization or Citizenship, or

b.Your U.S. passport

Note: If you have been legally adopted, you may not petition for your birth parent.

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3. How do I petition for my father? I was born in wedlock?

If you are applying to bring your father to the U.S. to live, you must file the following with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services:

1. Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative

2.A copy of your birth certificate showing your name and your father’s name

3. If you were not born in the U.S., a copy of

a.Your Certificate of Naturalization or Citizenship or

b.Your U.S. passport

4.A copy of your parents’ civil marriage certificate

5.A copy of any divorce decrees, death certificates, or annulment decrees that would show that any previous marriage entered into by your mother or father was ended legally

Note 1: If your name or your father’s name is different from the name on your birth certificate, you must provide evidence of the legal name change.

Note 2: If you have been legally adopted, you may not petition for your birth parent


4. How do I petition for my father, I was born out of wedlock and not legitimated?

If you are applying to bring your father to the U.S. to live and you were born out of wedlock and were not legitimated by your father before your 18th birthday and while you were unmarried, you must file the following with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services:

1. Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative

2.A copy of your birth certificate showing your name

3. If you were not born in the U.S., a copy of either

a.Your Certificate of Naturalization or Citizenship, or

b.Your U.S. passport

4.Evidence of the father-son/daughter relationship

5.Evidence that an emotional or financial bond existed between you and your father before you were married or reached the age of 21

Note 1: If anyone’s name has been legally changed (differs from the name on his or her birth certificate), evidence of the name change must be provided.

Note 2: If you have been legally adopted, you may not petition for your birth parent.


5. How do I petition for my father, I was born out of wedlock and not legitimated?

If you are applying to bring your father to the U.S. to live and you were born out of wedlock and were legitimated by your father before your 18th birthday and while you were unmarried, you must file the following with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services:

1. Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative

2.A copy of your birth certificate showing your name

3. If you were not born in the U.S., a copy of either

a.Your Certificate of Naturalization or Citizenship, or

b.Your U.S. passport

3. Evidence that you were legitimated before your 18th birthday through

a.The marriage of your birth parents, or

b.The laws of the state or country where you live, or

c.The laws of the state or country where your father lives

Note 1: If anyone’s name has been legally changed (differs from the name on his or her birth certificate), evidence of the name change must be provided.

Note 2: If you have been legally adopted, you may not petition for your birth parent.