Lawful Permanent Residency by Family Relationship
One of the ways a foreign national can receive lawful permanent resident status in the United States is by becoming the beneficiary of a petition submitted by a qualifying family member on behalf of the beneficiary. The qualifying family member can file the petition on behalf of the benefiting relative only if the former is a Legal Permanent Resident or US citizen. The qualifying family relationship to file a family member petition can be:
- Husband or wife
- Parent or child
- Brother or sister.
Qualifying for relative relationships is subject to a series of complex rules.