Relatives of U.S. citizens and LPRs in the following preference categories are subject to limitations on the number of visas that can be issued each year. The Visa Bulletin, released monthly by the U.S. Department of State (DOS), provides the cutoff dates indicating the availability of immigrant visa numbers for each of the above categories. The family preference categories are:
- 1st Preference – Unmarried sons and daughters (any age) of U.S. citizens
- 2nd Preference – Spouses and unmarried sons and daughters of lawful permanent residents (LPRs)
- 3rd Preference – Married sons and daughters of U.S. citizens
- 4th Preference – Brothers and sisters of U.S. citizens
For Preference Relative news, information, complexities, and options, as well as Murthy Law Firm success stories in such cases, see the Family-Based, Permanent Resident page. You may also search the site for a particular topic, and narrow your search by category.