Can A Green Card Holder Sponsor Parents?

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October 15, 2022 by Marjorie R. Rogers, MA (English), Certified Consultant

It is a common question whether a Green Card holder can sponsor parents. The answer is unfortunately, no. A Green Card holder cannot sponsor parents for immigration purposes.

However, there are other ways for parents to immigrate to the United States. Parents can be sponsored by their children who are U.S. citizens or Green Card holders. There is also a visa category for parents of U.S. citizens who are over 21 years old, called the Parent Category Visa.

As a green card holder, you may sponsor your parents for permanent residency in the United States. In order to do so, you must be able to show that you can financially support them and that they will not become a public charge. The sponsorship process can take several months or more, so it is important to begin gathering the required documentation as soon as possible.

Once your parents have their green cards, they will be able to live and work in the United States indefinitely.

I have a green card can I sponsor my parents?

Can Green Card Holder Sponsor Parents for Visit

Yes, a Green Card holder can sponsor their parents for a visit to the United States. The process is called “petitioning for relatives” and the sponsor must be at least 21 years old and a legal permanent resident of the US. They will need to fill out an I-130 form and submit it along with evidence of their relationship to their parent, proof of residency, and proof of financial support.

If approved, the parent will be able to apply for a visa to come to the US for up to 6 months.

Can A Green Card Holder Sponsor Parents?


Can I Petition My Parents If I’M a Green Card Holder?

Yes, you can petition your parents if you are a green card holder. You will need to submit Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative, and include the required documentation. Your parent(s) will then be able to apply for a green card.

How Long Does It Take for a Green Card Holder to Sponsor a Parents?

A green card holder sponsoring a parent usually takes around 6 to 8 months. The first step is for the child to file an I-130 petition with USCIS. Once that is approved, the next step is for the parent to file an I-485 application for permanent residence.

That part of the process generally takes about 2 to 4 months. After that, it’s just a matter of waiting for USCIS to approve the parent’s application and issue a green card.

Can a Green Card Holder Sponsor a Family Member?

Yes, a green card holder (permanent resident) may sponsor a family member for a green card (permanent residency). The sponsoring family member must submit an immigrant petition on behalf of the relative. If the sponsored relative is already in the United States, they may be eligible to adjust their status to permanent resident through this process.

If the sponsored relative is outside of the United States, they will need to go through consular processing to obtain their immigrant visa.

Can a Us Permanent Resident Invite Parents?

Yes, a US permanent resident can invite parents. The process is called sponsoring and the sponsor needs to prove they have the means to support their parents financially. The sponsored parent must also pass a medical exam and meet other requirements set by US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).


Yes, a Green Card holder can sponsor their parents for a Green Card. The process is called “sponsoring” and the sponsoring Green Card holder is called the “petitioner.” In order to sponsor your parents, you must be at least 21 years old and have been a Green Card holder for at least 5 years.

Additionally, you will need to prove that you can support your parents financially. If your parents are already in the US on a visitor visa, they can apply for a Green Card through what is called “adjustment of status.” However, if they are outside of the US, they will need to go through consular processing in order to obtain their Green Card.

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