Green Cards for other Family Members (not immediate relative)

If you do not qualify as an immediate relative of a U.S. citizen, you may be in what is called a family preference category.  These are:

FB-1: Unmarried sons and daughters of U.S. citizens

FB-2: Family members of Lawful Permanent Residents (Green Card Holders)

FB-3: Married sons and daughers of U.S. citizens

FB-4: Siblings of U.S. citizens

These types of immigrant classifications involve specific, more distant, family relationships with a U.S. citizen and some specified relationships with a Lawful Permanent Resident. Congress has limited the number of relatives who may immigrate under these categories each year so there is usually a waiting period before an immigrant visa number becomes available, unlike immediate relatives who have no waiting list or numerical limitations. The wait times are based on various factors and are determined by the preferences below, such as your nationality and wait times for applicants born in India, Mexico, the Philippines, and mainland China are particularly long.