Full question: I want a green card and my aunt is a U.S. citizen. Can she apply for a green card for me?
Answer: No. Generally speaking, a person can get a green card through a family member or an employer. For purposes of this question, this post focuses on getting a green card through family. Below is a chart to help you understand who can petition for whom to get legal permanent residence through family.
2 Quick Definitions:
Petitioner: the person who applies for the beneficiary’s green card
Beneficiary: the person who wants a green card
U.S. citizens can petition for the following relatives:
- children, including children of fiancé(e) and children of diplomats
- parents (if the petitioner is 21+)
Lawful Permanent Residents can only npetition for the following relatives:
- unmarried children
If you have questions about the green card process or any other immigration issues, please don’t hesitate to contact us.