Immigrants to the U.S. want their children to access the same opportunities as they have. This entails petitioning for citizenship on behalf of your child, which allows them to come to this country under certain conditions.
It is important that parents understand this process, as a good understanding ensures the best chance of a successful application. Here are a few key points to keep in mind.
How to determine if your children are eligible
If you are currently a U.S. citizen, you can request citizenship for children under and over age 21, regardless of their marital status. If your children are not married, over the age of 21, and parents themselves, you can request to bring their children as well. You can also make a request on the behalf of a married adult child’s spouse.
If you currently hold a green card, you can include any unmarried children under the age of 21 in your petition. You can also request citizenship for unmarried adult children 21 and older. In both cases, your children’s offspring are also eligible.
What you should know about conditional residence
If you have a stepchild and your marriage to the biological parent is less than two years old, the child becomes a conditional permanent resident. In order to remove conditions, your spouse must include the child on their individual petition if both the spouse and the child received conditional permanent residency at the same time or within 90 days of each other. If not, you can file Form I-751 for the child during the 90-day period before the conditional resident card expires.
When applying, you must use Form I-130 (Petition for Alien Relative). You will also need to show evidence of your citizenship and proof of your relationship to your child. This can include birth certificate, marriage certificate, adoption decree, and other documents.