As a green card holder, what are the basic
requirements of Green Card petition for spouse or child?
spouse or child of U.S. Permanent Resident category provides foreign
spouses and children of permanent residents the opportunity to reunite
with family living in the United States and become permanent residents.
Permanent Residents have the right to live and work in the United
States permanently, leave and return to the United States with few
limitations, attend public schools and colleges and become a U.S.
citizen when eligible to do so.
As a green card holder, or permanent resident, you may petition for
certain family members to immigrate to the United States as permanent
residents. You may petition for the following family members:
1) Spouse, husband or wife;
2) Unmarried children under
3) Unmarried son or daughter
of any age.
be eligible for a Green Card as a spouse or child of a U.S. Permanent
Resident, the foreign spouse and the U.S. lawful permanent resident
must be legally married as evidenced by a valid marriage certificate.
In addition, the lawful permanent resident must be residing in the
United States at the time of the application.
Children of the
lawful permanent resident must prove relationships through birth
certificates, adoption papers and marriage certificates. Applicants
must also meet certain health and character requirements.
your relative is already in the United States legally, he or she may
apply to adjust status to become a permanent resident after a visa
number becomes available using Form I-485, Application to Register
Permanent Residence or Adjust Status.
If your relative is outside the United States, your petition will be
sent to the National Visa Center (NVC). The NVC will forward your
petition to the appropriate U.S. consulate when a visa becomes
available and your relative will be notified about how to proceed. This
process is referred to as “Consular Processing.”