Family Preference Visas: What is an F-2B Immigrant Visa?
An F-2B immigrant visa allows a legal permanent resident (LPR) petitioning unmarried sons and daughters aged 21 years old or older to immigrate to the U.S.
Aside from F-2B, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has different categories for family preference visas that allow you (a legal permanent resident or United States Citizen) to petition a qualifying relative to immigrate to the United States.
- First Preference or F-1 – A petition for unmarried sons and daughters (21 years old and older) of U.S. Citizens
- Second preference or F-2A – A petition for spouse and minor children (below 21 years old) of lawful permanent residents
- Third Preference or F-3 – A petition for married sons and daughters of U.S Citizens
- Fourth Preference or F-4 – A petition for brothers and sisters of U.S Citizens
F-2B Immigrant Visa Overview
You and your child must meet certain criteria to qualify for an F-2B Immigrant Visa. Your child needs to be at least 21 years old and unmarried. You, the parent or petitioner, must also be a lawful permanent resident of the U.S. and have a U.S. address. You need to prove to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) that you are the lawful parent of your child, through a birth certificate, or if adopted, an adoption decree.
Aside from determining eligibility, there are certain documents and forms that need to be submitted that can demonstrate your proof of relationship and that you have adequate income to support your child. Once submitted, the applicant must also be prepared for and pass an interview with the U.S. Embassy.