FB-4     Brothers and Sisters of US Citizen

Family Based Immigration – Fourth Preference

 

Brothers and Sisters of US Citizen

What is Family Based Immigration – Fourth Preference (FB-4)?

FB-4 is an immigration visa in INA 203(a)(4). The beneficiary of an approved immigration visa petition is entitled to obtain permanent residence (green card) of the United States. FB-4 is for persons who are brothers and sisters of US citizen.

Who are "Brothers and Sisters" of US citizen under Immigration Law?

• "Brothers and sisters" are those meet the definition of being a child from one or both parents.

• Half-siblings are considered "brothers and sisters" and can petiton for permanent residence for one another.

• Adopted brothers or sisters are considered "brothers and sisters" and can petition for permanent residence for one another if the adoption relationship was formed before they were 16 years old.

• Step brothers or sisters are considered "brothers and sisters" and can petition for permanent residence for one another if the step relationship was formed before they were 18 years old.

• Siblings who have been adopted by another family in accordance with INA section 101(b)(1)(E) is not considered "brothers and sisters" for immigration purpose and so cannot petition for their natural siblings.

How do US citizen apply green card for brothers and sisters?

US citizen should file a petition for his or her brothers and sisters using form I-130 with the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

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