Unfortunately, the US immigration laws do not allow grandparents, or extended family members such as cousins, aunts or uncles to qualify for greencard petitions unless they have a closer family member such as a US Citizen or lawful permanent resident parent, spouse , US citizen brother or Sister that can apply for them .
For my clients that are US citizens, I have been asked who are “immediate relatives” for immigration purposes and why that is an important classification.
Sec 201 of the INA states that the following immediate relatives can be applied for by a US citizen, without having to wait for a visa number to become available. These “immediate relatives” can be :
1. Spouses of U.S. Citizens;
2. Children under the age of 21 of U.S. Citizens;
3. Parents of US citizens; and
4. Spouses of deceased US citizens that were married at least two years.
By fitting into this category the immediate relative bypasses the wait times for visa’s that would be required. Please feel free to contact my office if you are a US citizen and wish to apply for an immediate relative.