I am a U.S. citizen, and my
daughter is 16 years old who lives outside U.S. If I apply for U.S.
Green Card for my daughter, does she need to wait for the available
immigrant visa number?
The immediate relatives are at the top of the list
when it comes to qualifying for Green Cards and receiving them quickly,
and do NOT need to wait for the available immigrant visa number. This
- spouses of U.S. citizens,
including recent widows and widowers;
- unmarried people under age
21 with at least one U.S. citizen parent;
- parents of U.S. citizens, if
the U.S. citizen child is at least age 21;
- stepchildren and stepparents
of U.S. citizens, if the marriage creating the stepparent/stepchild
relationship took place before the child's 18th birthday, and;
An unlimited number of Green
Cards are available for immediate relatives whose U.S. citizen
relatives petition for them -- applicants can get a Green Card as soon
as they get through the paperwork and application process
- adopted children of U.S.
citizens, if the adoption took place before the child reached age 16.