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What are Family Preference Immigrant Visa Categories?

Family Preference Immigrant Visas are subject to numerical limitations. Only a certain number of these visas are issued every year to each particular country. Go to the Family-Based Visa section of this website to learn even more.

  • Family First Preference (F1): Unmarried sons and daughters of U.S. citizens, and their minor children, if any. (23,400)

  • Family Second Preference (F2A): Spouses, minor children, of LPRs. At least seventy-seven percent of all visas available for this category will go to the spouses and children; (114,200)

  • Family Second Preference (F2B): Unmarried Sons and Daughter (21 years of age or older) of permanent residents; (23% of above)

  • Family Third Preference (F3): Married sons and daughters of U.S. citizens, and their spouses and minor children. (23,400)

  • Family Fourth Preference (F4): Brothers and sisters of U.S. citizens, and their spouses and minor children, provided the U.S. citizens are at least 21 years of age. (65,000)

*A Permanent Resident Parent cannot petition for a married son or daughter over the age of 21.

**Aunts, Uncles, Grandparents, and Cousins are not family relationships eligible to for Immigrant Petitions.

Depending on your preference category you will have to wait a period of time determined by the monthly Visa Bulletin (Shown Below).

Learn more about Family Based Visas Here.

Visa Bulletin Example