An alien can get a family based greencard through sponsorship by a close relative staying in the US if such relative is a permanent resident (i.e. greencard holder) or a US citizen (USC).
A USC may sponsor the following relatives so long as the relationship can be established:
- Married or unmarried son or daughter;
- Parent or sibling, if the sponsor is 21 years or above.
A greencard holder may sponsor the following relatives so long as the relationship can be established :
- Unmarried son or daughter.
Obligations of Greencard
Greencardholders are also required to meet certain obligations, such as :
- Greencard holders must reside in the US for at least 182 days per year.
- They must not vote.
- A greencard holder who is a male over 17 years but under 26 years must register with the Selective Service. Failure to do so, may lead to criminal prosecution and deportation upon conviction.
- Greencard holders must pay their taxes and report any change of address to the USCIS within 10 days.
- Greencard holders must have their permanent resident children register with the USCIS within 10 days of turning 14.
- Greencard can be revoked for several reasons including but not limited to illegal acts, abandonment of permanent residence, drug use etc.