Q: I filed an I130 for parents who live in a foreign country, I have siblings who are minors. Can they immigrate together?
I'm a US citizen, and I filed the form I130 to bring my parents, my issue is that I have younger siblings (10 years old) and I don't know if she can immigrate with them at the same time as she can't stay by herself, I do have other siblings younger than 21 but they are in college which means they are far from home. Any thoughts, or suggestions or the steps that should be taken in this situation?
The minor children, your siblings, must be petitioned individually, as fourth preference beneficiaries. The children are not derivative. The children may be petitioned by their parents in the second preference category. However, that can take quite a while.
This can distract your parents from leaving their children to live in the United States. I strongly recommend an appointment with a competent and experienced immigration attorney before there are any other complications.
An experienced immigration attorney may be able to suggest alternatives that can potentially resolve this situation.
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