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Can you bring your brothers and sisters to the U.S.?

On Behalf of | May 11, 2023 | IMMIGRATION & NATURALIZATION - Family Immigration

If you have successfully gained permission to live in the United States, you might want to bring your brothers and sisters to join you. Or at least some of them.

To do this you first need to become a U.S. citizen, so, if you are just here on a green card, you should start working on applying for naturalization to get that citizenship. If you already have it, then you can complete the necessary forms saying you will sponsor their application. You also need to be at least 21 years old.

What does sponsorship mean?

It means that you guarantee to support them financially until they can support themselves. What immigration authorities do not want is someone to come over and be a burden on the welfare system. So you will need to show proof of your income and savings to back up your claim.

How likely are they to get accepted?

That’s a hard question to answer, save to say that siblings are not considered high priorities in the visa application stakes. The government allocates an annual quota of 65,000 visas for siblings, and there is already a massive waiting list. So you can expect it will likely take over a decade. For that reason, it may be best to help your brothers or sisters to look at other ways of gaining a visa based on any particular talents they have or by seeking employment first.

If you’re ready to think about bringing your loved ones to the United States, there is legal help available to find out more.