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Who Gets A Green Card? : Through Family Relationships

The most common way to get a Green Card in the United States is through a family relationship. This is also usually the easiest and most direct way to stay here. However, it is still extremely complicated and can often involve years of waiting.

The types of family relationships that can give you a green card are:

The husband or wife of a U.S. citizen  

The unmarried child under the age of 21 of a U.S. citizen  

The parent of a U.S. citizen who is at least 21 years old

The unmarried son or daughter 21 years old or older of a U.S. citizen 

The married son or daughter of a U.S. citizen  

The brother or sister of a U.S. citizen who is at least 21 years old  

The stepchild of a U.S. Citizen if the marriage of the parent and stepparent took place before you were 18

The unmarried child under the age of 21 of a lawful permanent resident  

The unmarried son or daughter of a lawful permanent resident 21 years old or older 

The fiancé of a U.S. citizen

The child of a fiance of a U.S. Citizen

The widow or widower of a U.S. citizen if you were married to your spouse at the time that they died

The victim of battery or extreme cruelty

The abused spouse of a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident  

The abused child of a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident  

The abused parent of a U.S. citizen

If you or your spouse have any of these relationships contact an Immigration attorney right away for further advice.

If you don't qualify under this list don't worry. There are dozens of other ways for an experienced Immigration lawyer to get you a green card.

You can read our entire series, "Who Gets A Green Card?" below:

 Who Gets A Green Card? : Through a Job or Job Offer Who Gets a Green Card?: Special Immigrants

 Who Gets A Green Card? : People Granted Political Asylum and Refugees

 Who Gets a Green Card?: Trafficking and Crime Victims

 Who Gets A Green Card?: Victims of Abuse

 Who Gets A Green Card?: Those Residing Here Since 1972

 Who Gets A Green Card?: Various Other Categories

 Who Gets A Green Card?: Amnesty

 Who Gets A Green Card? : Through Family Relationships

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