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Permanent residents and Citizens of the United States can help their parents immigrate to the United States by filing a petition for a Green Card. This application, in very plain words, asks the government's permission for a resident's relative to join them in the United States.
The person requesting the relative is called the sponsor, while the immigrant is sometimes called the petitioner.
Parents of United States citizens are Immediate Relatives, meaning that they do not have to wait for a visa to become available for their immigration to the U.S. Immediate Relatives do not face a limit in terms of visa availability.
The process for getting an actual green card requires another form, which is also included. This form is the official request an immigrant sends to the U.S. government to be registered as a permanent resident in the United States.
The proof of this permanent residency comes in the form of a Green Card. Immigrants who have a Green Card have access to a great many opportunities in the U.S., including:
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