“Sibling” is not defined under United States immigration law. For a brother or sister of a U.S. citizen to come to the United States on a sibling visa, it must be shown that both individuals are children of a common parent.
At Hanlon Law Group, P.C., our Los Angeles sibling visa attorneys represent individuals from all over the world who are seeking to immigrate to the United States. If you are looking to file a petition on behalf of a brother or sister, contact one of our Los Angeles sibling visa lawyers. We offer free, confidential initial consultations so you can find out more about your immigration options at no cost or obligation.
Simply call (800) 976-5675 or email our firm to get answers and helpful advice from one of our attorneys.
Bringing Siblings to the U.S.: Eligibility & Documentation Requirements
In order to qualify to bring a brother or sister to the U.S., you (i.e., the petitioner or sponsor) must be at least 21 years old, and you must be a U.S. citizen. If these eligibility requirements are met (and there are no factors that would make the sibling inadmissible), you can file a petition to bring a sibling to the U.S. as a permanent resident (i.e., a green card holder).
A petition for a sibling will involve at least the following required documentation:
- A complete Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative, along with all required supporting documentation
- Evidence of the sponsor’s U.S. citizenship
- Evidence of the sibling relationship (showing that the sponsor and sibling share at least one parent).
Whether you’re preparing to file a sibling visa petition or your petition has already been filed, processing waiting times can be checked here.
Also, please be aware that:
- The sibling visa process can be long, detailed and complicated.
- Having the guidance and representation of an experienced sibling visa attorney can be integral to taking the right steps at every point (and avoiding unnecessary mistakes, costs, delays or denials of a petition).
The lawyers at Hanlon Law Group have extensive experienced helping clients and their siblings secure the immigration status changes they are seeking so they can come to (and work in) the U.S.
Sibling Visas for Half-Siblings
Half-brothers and half-sisters may also be eligible for sibling visas. However, there may be additional documentation required to verify the nature of these sibling relationships. An attorney at Hanlon Law Group can clearly explain the additional documents that are necessary for these types of petitions.
While U.S. citizens can sponsor half-siblings to come to the U.S., it’s important to point out that adopted individuals cannot petition their natural-born (biological) brothers or sisters for these status changes. This is due to the fact that, once an adoption has been completed, biological relationships may be severed for immigration purposes.
Find Out More about Your Options for Bringing a Sibling to the U.S.: Contact a Los Angeles Immigration Lawyer at Hanlon Law Group, P.C.
If you are ready to find out more about how to help your sibling(s) secure an immigration status change, it’s time to contact a Los Angeles immigration lawyer at Hanlon Law Group, P.C. Bringing more than 20 years’ experience to every case we handle, our lawyers are highly skilled at helping clients successfully navigate the immigration system.
This experience is backed by:
- Our dedication to providing personal, high-quality service to every client
- Our state-of-the-art case management system, which empowers our clients to easily check on the progress and status of their petition(s).
Call (800) 976-5675 or email our firm to schedule a free, confidential initial consultation with one of our lawyers. We provide immigration services in various languages, including Spanish, Mandarin, Cantonese, Vietnamese, Korean, Japanese, Bahasa Indonesian, Tagalog and Fukienese.
From Pasadena, we represent clients throughout Los Angeles and the state of California, as well as clients from around the world.