Q: Filing immigrant petition for family member
I'm a green card holder and would like to file an immigrant petition for my sister's child who resides outside the USA. Please how do I go about it and is it possible for a green card holder to do that? Thank you all
A: As a U.S. resident you can file a relative petition (FORM I-130) on behalf of your spouse and unmarried children. Hence you can not file a relative petition on behalf of your sister’s child. You will have to find another option for your relative.
Best of luck to you.
Agnes Jury agrees with this answer
A: You cannot petition for your sister's child as a resident. When you become a citizen you can petition for your sister and her child. You can also consider adopting the child but that is a very detailed process with many steps in the US and the home country. You can look for a family immigration lawyer in the Justia directory for more information.
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