To petition to bring your sibling (brother or sister) to live in the United States as a green card holder, you must be a U.S. citizen and at least 21 years of age.
To successfully complete the process, the U.S. citizen petitioner (i.e. the sponsor) must submit:
- A completed Form I-130. (Note: You do not need to file a separate Form I-130 for your sibling’s spouse or unmarried children under 21 years of age.)
- A copy of your birth certificate and a copy of your sibling’s birth certificate showing that you have at least one common parent.
- Evidence that you are a U.S. citizen, such as:
- A copy of your valid U.S. passport, OR
- A copy of your U.S. birth certificate, OR
- A copy of Consular Report of Birth Abroad, OR
- A copy of your naturalization certificate, OR
- A copy of your certificate of citizenship
Additional Documentation for Siblings through Adoption, Step Parents or Paternal Half-Siblings
If you and your sibling are related through adoption, please also submit:
- A copy of the adoption decree(s) showing that the adoption took place before you or your sibling (the adopted child) became 16 years old.
- If you and your sibling are related through a step-parent, please also submit:
- Copies of documents showing that any prior marriage(s) of the natural parent and/or step-parent were legally terminated, AND
- A copy of the marriage certificate of the step-parent to the natural parent (age restrictions for meeting definition of step-child apply)
- If you and your sibling have a common (biological) father but different mothers (i.e. you are paternal half-siblings), please also submit:
- Copies of the marriage certificates of the father to each mother, AND
- Copies of documents showing that any prior marriages of either your father or mothers were legally terminated.
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