One of the easiest ways to immigrate is to have an immediate relative who is a U.S. citizen. Spouses and minor (i.e., under 21) unmarried children of United States citizens, parents of United States citizens (provided the citizen is over 21 years old), and certain spouses of deceased United States citizens can qualify for immigrant visas as immediate relatives. There are no numerical limitations on this category.
If you don't have an immediate relative who is a U.S. citizen, then you may still qualify for family-based immigration, if you are:
Each of these categories has different characteristics, the most important of which has to do with the maximum number of visas that may be granted each year (which, consequently, affects the waiting period involved):
The current family-based preference categories and annual numerical limits are:
The waiting period or backlog for each category is indicated on the Visa Bulletin published monthly by the State Department.
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