· IR-1: Spouse of a U.S. Citizen
· IR-2: Unmarried Child Under 21 Years of Age of a U.S. Citizen
· IR-3: Orphan adopted abroad by a U.S. Citizen
· IR-4: Orphan to be adopted in the
U.S. by a citizen U.S.
· IR-5: Parent of a U.S. Citizen who is at least 21 years old
Family Preference Immigrant Visas (Limited): These visa types are for specific, more distant, family relationships with a
citizen and some specified relationships with a Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR). There are fiscal year numerical limitations on family preference immigrants, shown at the end of each category. The family preference categories are: U.S.
· Family First Preference (F1): Unmarried sons and daughters of
citizens, and their minor children, if any. (23,400) U.S.
· Family Second Preference (F2): Spouses, minor children, and unmarried sons and daughters (age 21 and over) of LPRs. At least seventy-seven percent of all visas available for this category will go to the spouses and children; the remainder is allocated to unmarried sons and daughters. (114,200)
· Family Third Preference (F3): Married sons and daughters of
citizens, and their spouses and minor children. (23,400) U.S.
· Family Fourth Preference (F4): Brothers and sisters of
U.S. citizens, and their spouses and minor children, provided the citizens are at least 21 years of age. (65,000) U.S.
Note: Grandparents, aunts, uncles, in-laws, and cousins cannot sponsor a relative for immigration.