Obtaining a Green Card for Parents
(Mother or Father)
This information is for United States
citizens who wish to bring their parents to live permanently in the U.S.
Lawful permanent residents may not petition to bring their parents to
live permanently in the U.S.
Overview of Immigration Process
A legal immigrant (or “lawful permanent
resident”) is a foreign national who has been granted the privilege of
living and working permanently in the U.S. There is a two-step process
for your parent to become a legal immigrant.
United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) must
approve an immigrant visa petition that you file for your parent.
your parent is legally inside the U.S., he or she may apply
to adjust his or her status to that of a lawful permanent resident.
If your parent is outside the U.S., your parent will be
notified to go to the local U.S. consulate to complete the
processing for an immigrant visa.
Eligibility to Sponsor a Parent
If you are a U.S. citizen and at least 21 years old, you are
eligible to petition to bring your parents to live and work permanently
in the United States.
If you are a lawful permanent resident, you are not eligible to
petition to bring your parents to live and work permanently in the