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Green Card by Family, Preference order

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Preference Categories

Applies to green card, fiancee visa or a K-3/K-4 Visa

Preference categories apply to family members who are not immediate relatives. The visas alloted for these categories are subject to annual numerical limits. A visa becomes available to a preference category based on the priority date (the date the Form I-130 was filed). Preference categories are grouped as follows:

* First preference: Unmarried, adult sons and daughters of U.S. citizens (adult means 21 or older).

* Second Preference (2A): Spouses of green card holders, unmarried children (under 21) of permanent residents.
Second Preference (2B): Unmarried adult sons and daughters of permanent residents.

* Third Preference: Married sons and daughters (any age) of U.S. citizens.

* Fourth Preference: Brothers and sisters of adult U.S. citizens.

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  1. […] 2-A family member of a U.S. citizen fitting into a preference category, this includes unmarried sons or daughters over the age of 21, married children of any age, and brothers and sisters of U.S. citizen petitioners 21 or older. More info here. […]


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