Immediate Relatives

There are two categories of unlimited family-based immigration:

  1. Immediate Relatives of U.S. Citizens (IR): A parent, spouse, widow or unmarried child under the age of 21 of a U.S. citizen.
  2. Returning Residents (SB): Immigrants who previously lived inthe U.S. under lawful permanent resident status. These individuals should be returning to live in the U.S. after being abroad for more than one year.