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Family Preference Category Visas

NOTE: If you are the spouse, minor child or parent of a U.S. citizen, then you are an immediate relative so the preference categories do not apply to you. Go here instead.

U.S. immigration law allows certain noncitizens who are family members of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents to become lawful permanent residents (get a Green Card) based on specific family relationships.

Other family members eligible to apply for a Green Card are described in the following family “preference immigrant” categories: