The F-4 family preference green card checklist below provides a general idea of the process, timeline and what is usually needed for the brothers and sisters of U.S. citizens 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 go through the details in the F-4 family preference (siblings of U.S. citizens) green card article.
Please click to download the F-4 family preference green card checklist for the siblings (brothers and sisters) of a U.S. citizen.
The F-4 fourth preference family-based green card petitions are for a U.S. citizen’s biological siblings, paternal half-siblings (same biological father but different mother), step-siblings, or adopted siblings. The spouse and dependent children (unmarried and under 21 years old) of the U.S. citizens siblings can also qualify for a green card by being listed as a derivative person under the sibling’s F-4 fourth preference family-based green card petition.
The U.S. citizen must be at least 21 years old to sponsor an F-4 fourth preference family-based green card for their foreign sister or brother. If the foreign sibling is related to the U.S. citizen through a step-parent, the marriage of the U.S. citizen’s parents must have happened before the U.S. citizen or the foreign sibling turned 18 years old. If the foreign sibling is related to the U.S. citizen through adoption, the adoption must have happened before the U.S. citizen or the foreign sibling (adopted child) turned 16 years old.
HAVE A F4 (U.S. CITIZEN SIBLING) FAMILY PREFERENCE GREEN CARD IMMIGRATION QUESTION? CONTACT US
If you have an F-4 family preference (siblings of U.S. citizen) 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 if the client is qualified for an F-4 family preference green card (siblings of U.S. citizen) and whether there are other green card options available to the client. We will work closely with our clients to prepare their F-4 family preference green card petition and we will also strategize on how the F-4 family preference 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 F-4 family preference green card petitions due to the complexities in the immigration process and visa requirements.