The F2A and F2B green card checklist below provides a general idea of the process, timeline and what is usually needed for the unmarried children of a U.S. green card holder to obtain their family-based green card. To have a better understanding of this list, please read the family-based green card overview for the big picture and then please go through the details in the F2A & F2B family preference (close family members of U.S. green card holders) article.
Please click to download the F2A & F2B family preference green card checklist for the unmarried children of green card holders.
The second preference (F2A or F2B) family-based green card petitions are for the unmarried children of green card holders. The child under the F2A family-based green card petition must be unmarried and under 21 years old. The child under the F2B family-based green card petition must be unmarried and at least 21 years old.
The U.S. green card holder’s step children and adopted children can be included as children under the F2A or F2B family preference green card petitions. Step children can qualify under the F2A or F2B family-based green card petition if the marriage between the green card holder and the step-child’s parent happened before the step child turned 18 years old. Adopted children can qualify under the F2A and F2B family-based green card petition if (1) the adoption happened before the adopted child turned 16 years old, (2) the green card holder’s legal custody of the adopted child has lasted at least 2 years, and (3) the adopted child has lived with the green card holder for at least 2 years.
HAVE A F2A & F2B FAMILY PREFERENCE GREEN CARD IMMIGRATION QUESTION? CONTACT US
If you have an F2A family preference (unmarried minor children of green card holder) or F2B family preference (unmarried adult children of green card holder) green card immigration question, please fill out our contact us form or send us an email with some basic information about your background and your immigration needs. We will do our best to respond within 48 hours.
How we can help?
Kylie Huang Law’s immigration attorney will help identify what type of family-based green card the client is qualified for and whether there are other green card options available to the client. We will work closely with our clients to prepare their F2A & F2B family-based green card petition and we will also strategize on how the F2A & F2B family-based green card petition should be presented in the filings and in the interview to achieve the best chances of approval. It is advised and common practice to retain an immigration attorney for certain unusual F2A & F2B family preference green card petitions due to the complexities in the immigration process and visa requirements.