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Spouse or Child of F-1.

Family First Preference Green Cards are issued to:

  • Unmarried children (age 21 or older) who have at least one U.S. citizen parent

  • Unmarried stepchildren (age 21 or older), if the marriage creating the stepchild relationship took place before the child's 18th birthday

  • U.S. citizens to sponsor the Green Card application of their unmarried foreign born children (age 21 or older)

Family Second Preference Green Cards are issued to:

  • Foreign nationals married to U.S. Permanent Residents (Green Card holders)

  • Unmarried children (any age) of U.S. Permanent Residents (Green Card holders)

  • Unmarried stepchildren of lawful permanent residents, if the marriage creating the stepchild relationship took place before the child's 18th birthday

Family Third Preference Green Cards are issued to:

  • Married children (any age) of U.S. citizens

  • Married step children of U.S. citizens, if the marriage creating the stepchild relationship took place before the child's 18th birthday

Family Fourth Preference Green Cards are issued to brothers and sisters of U.S. citizens.

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