IMMEDIATE RELATIVE (IR)
Subcategory: Immigrant Child
Clarification. In general, your parent may be: (a) a genetic father or mother, (b) a non-genetic gestational mother (who is recognized by the relevant jurisdiction as your legal parent), (c) an adoptive father or mother, (d) a stepfather or stepmother. However, there are particular requirements regarding adoptive parents, legitimate parents, step parents, birth out of wedlock, or birth through ART (Assisted Reproductive Technology).
REQUIREMENT 2. You are unmarried.
REQUIREMENT 3. You are under age 21.
Is a job offer in the U.S. required? - No.
Is Labor Certification required? - No.
Is Prevailing Wage Determination required? - No.
Is proficiency in English required? - No.
Is a minimum education required? - No.
Is a minimum age required? - No.
Is an Affidavit of Support required? - Yes.
Is a proof of funds to start life in the U.S. required? - No.
Can your family members get green cards as derivative beneficiaries? - No.
The above is just a concise presentation of eligibility requirements.
The full detailed text of eligibility requirements for this immigration category is provided by authoritative sources that govern U.S. immigration related matters.
1. Authoritative sources directly relevant to this category (in general-to-specific order):
- U.S. DOS Guidance: Family Immigration
- U.S. DOS Guidance: Family-Based Immigrant Visas
- USCIS Guidance: Green Card for Immediate Relatives of U.S. Citizen
- U.S. DOS: 9 FAM 502.2. Family-based IV Classifications
- 8 CFR 204.2
- USCIS: AFM 21.4