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Preference Category Relatives

Preference Category Relatives: 

Family Preference Immigrant Visas have a yearly limit on the number issued for each category; depending on the category in which a family member is classified, the processing times may vary greatly.

Preference Categories

Beneficiaries covered

Number of immigrant visas available for each category per year

First (F1):

Unmarried sons and daughters of U.S. citizens (over 21)

 

23,400

Second:

(F2A)

 

Spouses and unmarried children under 21 years old of lawful permanent residents.

114,200

 

*At least seventy-seven percent of all visas available for this category will go to (F-2A) spouses and children of LPR’s;

Second:

(F2B)

 

Unmarried Sons and Daughters (21 years of age or older).

Third (F3):

 

Married sons and daughters of U.S. citizens, and their spouses and minor children. (23,400)

 

23,400

Fourth(F4):

 

Brothers and sisters of U.S. citizens, and their spouses and minor children, provided the U.S. citizens are at least 21 years of age.

65,000

 

Derivative Beneficiary:

The principal beneficiary (relative who the immigrant visa is being applied for) can apply for derivatives beneficiaries (spouse/children). However, only family members in the preference categories can apply for beneficiaries. Immediate Relatives cannot apply for derivative beneficiaries.



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