How Does a Green Card Holder File for Their Spouse and Children?

Mario A. Godoy
How Does a Green Card Holder File for Their Spouse and Children?

A lawful permanent resident (LPR, also called a Green Card holder) can apply for a Green Card for their spouse and children. There are four family-based immigration categories for a Green Card holder to file for their spouse and their children to also become LPRs. Two Family Preference Visas – F2A and F2B visas – allow a Green Card holder to sponsor their spouse or children to get their own Green Card. 

Family Preference Visas

There is a wait time for F2A and F2B visas and an annual limit of 114,200 visas per year for family preference visas that can be issued in each category. This visa cap per category is:

• F2A visa: 79,940 visas / 70%
• F2B visa: 34,260 visas / 30%

The wait time to receive an F2A or F2B visa can be different based on your country of origin.

Second Preference: F2A and F2B Visas 

F2A Green Card Application
Under the family-based F2A immigration category, a Green Card holder can sponsor their spouse and any children under the age of 21 to move to the U.S. and become permanent residents and get their own Green Card.

F2B Green Card Application
The F2B is for Green Card holders filing to sponsor their unmarried children above the age of 21 to become legal permanent residents.

How Much Do the F2A and F2B Visas Cost?

There are application and administration fees that the visa sponsor and applicant must pay before a Green Card application is approved. The fees are determined by USCIS (the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services), the Department of Homeland Security and the US Embassy or Consulate in your home country:

Form I-130 filing fee
Processing fee for the Form DS-260
Medical examination
Vaccination fees
Document translations
USCIS Immigrant Fee

Adjustment Of Status for Family Members of Green Card Holders

If your spouse or minor child is currently living in the United States with legal status, you will need to apply for an Adjustment of Status. The family member who is a Green Card holder must also have valid legal status to sponsor their family member. 

DuPage and Cook County Family-Based Visa Lawyers

Our immigration attorneys offer assistance in family-based immigration legal services include spouses, same-sex couples, fiancés, parents and children. We can also advise immigrants looking to secure status as permanent residents through the process of applying for a Green Card or citizenship. Contact Godoy Law Office online or call us at 630-912-0322.

AREAS WE SERVE: Godoy Law Office serves the entire Chicago, Illinois area including DuPage, Cook, Kane, Will, and Lake Counties

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