Under U.S. immigration law, an immediate relative is a term used to refer to certain close family members of U.S. citizens who are eligible for immigration benefits. The following family members are considered immediate relatives:

  • Spouses of U.S. citizens
  • Unmarried children under the age of 21 of US citizens
  • Parents of U.S. citizens, if the citizen is 21 years of age or older

Immediate relatives are not subject to annual numerical limitations on visas, which means that there is no waiting period for them to receive a visa once their Form I-130 Petition has been approved. This is in contrast to other family-based categories, such as siblings or adult children, which are subject to annual quotas and can involve lengthy wait times.

Immediate relatives of U.S. citizens may be eligible for a Green Card (permanent residency) through a process known as adjustment of status if they are already in the U.S., or through consular processing if they are outside of the United States.

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