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Who can immigrate to the U.S. with a family visa?

On Behalf of | Nov 22, 2021 | Immigration

U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents can apply to sponsor an eligible family member for a family visa. Whether you live in Texas or any other state, the same rules will apply.

Immediate relatives

Children of U.S. citizens are eligible to apply for a family visa. When a U.S. citizen adopts a child, the child is also eligible. Spouses of U.S. citizens could receive a family visa, but family members who aren’t eligible for this type of visa include cousins, aunts, uncles, grandparents, and in-laws. There are, however, other options for them to immigrate to the U.S.

Cap on number of family visas

U.S. immigration law only allows up to 480,000 people to enter the U.S. on extended family member visas each year. There is no limitation on the number of immediate family members who can move to the U.S. on a family visa as long as it doesn’t exceed the extended family immigration number for the year. Another limitation on the cap is that 226,000 of the family visas must go to spouses and children of the sponsors. Additionally, each country has an annual 7% cap.

Other requirements for a family visa

Applicants must pass an interview and go through extensive background checks when they apply for a family visa. Their family member must also sign a document agreeing that they are willing to sponsor them and are financially responsible for them. Sponsors must meet an income requirement as well. Typically, their income must be at least 125% of the federal poverty guidelines. Active-duty sponsors in the U.S. armed forces must have an income of at least 100% of the federal poverty guidelines.

Family visas in the U.S. are mostly for immediate family members. Your potential sponsor must submit the appropriate form to petition to sponsor you. You’ll also go through an interview process before receiving a visa.