Individuals may generally seek permanent residence (aka a green card) in the U.S. based on family-sponsorship, employment-based sponsorship, or under the diversity visa program.
- U.S. citizens and permanent residents may sponsor certain close family members for a green card.
- Immediate relatives: Spouses of U.S. citizens, along with their children (under 21) and parents, receive special treatment.
- Preference categories: Other relatives of U.S. citizens or permanent residents may be subject to processing backlogs.
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