If you are a U.S. citizen who plans on bringing a child to live in the United States, it is important to consider the child's age and marital status. For eligibility purposes, a "child" is anyone under 21 and unmarried. You also may petition on behalf of your unmarried sons and daughters over 21 and married sons and daughters of any age. Their children may also be included.
If you are a lawful permanent resident (green card holder), see "Bringing a Child to Live in the US: Info for Permanent Residents."
1. Petition for Alien Relative
(Form I-130) - Remember to sign the form and enclose the proper filing fee.
2. Evidence of U.S. Citizenship - Submit a copy of one of the following documents:
3. Proof of Name Change (if applicable) - Must submit a copy of one of the following documents:
4. Proof of Relationship - Additional documentation requirements vary by relationship type.
Filing on Behalf of Relative Living in the U.S.
U.S. citizens petitioning on behalf of a child living in the U.S. must file a Petition for Alien Relative (Form I-130) while your child files an Application to Register Permanent Residence of Adjust Status (Form I-485).
For sons or daughters living in the U.S. who are married and/or over the age of 21, U.S. citizens must file form I-130 while your son or daughter files Form I-485 as soon as a visa become available.
Filing on Behalf of Relative Living Outside the U.S.
U.S. citizens filing on behalf of a child or adult son or daughter must file Form I-130. After the petition is approved and a visa is available, the petition will be sent to the consulate or embassy for further processing.
For more details, see the USCIS page "Bringing Children, Sons and Daughters to Live in the United States as Permanent Residents."
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