Many people in the United States have family members living in other countries, and wonder whether they can bring them here. It's a myth that if one immigrant settles in the United States, that one can bring in the whole extended family, and so on. The truth is both more limited and more complex, as we describe in this article.
U.S. immigration policy favors keeping families together, especially parents and their children. A child frequently qualifies for a visa or permanent resident status through parents, so it is important to understand who the law says is—and is not—a “child” for visa purposes. Age Limits on Who
Question My husband is a U.S. citizen, and I have been a lawful permanent resident of the U.S. since 2007. We want to adopt a child from overseas and bring the child here. Can we do this even if I’m not a U.S. citizen? Answer The fact that you’re not a U.S. citizen won’t prevent you and your husband
I was born in the U.S., after which my father divorced my mother and returned to the Philippines. He remarried, and they had children, so I now have half-siblings. My father would love for them to have the possibility of U.S. citizenship as well, and has contacted me about this. Is it possible for me to sponsor my half-brothers and half-sisters for U.S. immigration even though we don’t share the same mother?
I became a U.S. citizen by marriage. My mother is happy to remain in my birth country, Kenya. After divorcing my father, she married another man, a widower, who brought with him a ten-year old child. The child, however, insists that his dream is to live in America, and keeps pestering me with letters asking me to bring him here. At first I thought that was impossible – we aren’t even related, and never lived in the same house – but having done a little reading, I’m now not so sure. Can I sponsor this child for a green card? And should I hold off for now, given that I am not read
I am a naturalized U.S. citizen, and my daughter, who is 17, still lives in our native country. She has a one-year child out of wedlock. If I sponsor my daughter for a U.S. green card, can she bring her daughter in as well?
Let's say you qualify for a green card through either a family member or a company that wants to hire you. Perhaps, for example, your parent is a U.S. citizen or permanent resident. Or perhaps you've been offered a high-level job, and the employer has already recruited for American employees and found none who are qualified, willing, and able to take the job you've been offered. Can you apply for your green card yet? No, not quite.
Children whom you adopt from overseas are not automatically entitled to enter the United States. You will need to comply with certain immigration rules to get them into the U.S. to join you. Exactly which rules you’ll need to follow depend on the country you’re adopting from and whether the child