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Who is an “immediate relative?” (Immigration)

The process for getting a green card or a family member depends on being an "immediate relative." The following are considered "immediate relatives" and potentially eligible for a green card/lawful permanent resident status:

  • Spouses of U.S. citizens;
  • Parents of U.S. citizens who are more than 21 years old;
  • Unmarried child (under 21 years old) of a U.S. citizen. 

This article gives answers to this and other common questions about family-based immigration, specifically obtaining a green card.

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