You may help a relative become a lawful permanent resident of the United States by obtaining what is often referred to as a “Green Card”. To do so, you need to sponsor your relative and be able to prove that you have enough income or assets to support your relative(s) when they come to the United States.
You begin the process by filing Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative. This form establishes the family relationship that exists between you and your relative.
A U.S. citizen can file a petition for the following relatives:
Husband or wife
Children (married or unmarried)
A United States citizen who is at least 21 years or older may also petition for the following relatives:
Brothers or sisters
Filing a Form I-130 and proving a qualifying relationship gives your relative a place in line with others waiting to immigrate from the same country or region based on the same type of relationship. When your relative reaches the front of the line, he or she may be eligible to immigrate after passing the required background checks and meeting requirements for admission.