Alien Relatives vs. Immediate Relatives
Immediate relatives can immigrate as soon as the necessary petition and application for the immigrant Visa has been filed and approved. Alien relatives, who are spouses, parents, or children of US citizens, are entitled to immediate relative immigrant classification.
Preference Classification for Alien Relatives
All other alien relatives are entitled to preference immigrant classification. These include:
|• F-1 (Unmarried Sons and Daughters of US Citizens)
• F-2A (Spouses and Unmarried Children of Permanent Residents)
• F-2B (Unmarried Sons and Daughters of Permanent Residents)
|• F-3 (Married Sons and Daughters of US Citizens)
• F-4 (Brothers and Sisters of US Citizens)
Immigrant Visa Availability
US law limits the number of immigrant Visas available every year. This means that even if your Visa has been approved, you still may not get an immigrant Visa immediately.