Family Preference Visas: What is an F-4 Immigrant Visa?
An F-4 Immigrant Visa allows United States Citizens, who are at least 21 years old, to petition their brothers and sisters to immigrate to the U.S
Aside from F-4, 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
- Second Preference or F-2B — A petition for unmarried sons and daughters aged 21 or older of legal permanent residents
- Third Preference or F-3 — A petition for married sons and daughters of U.S Citizens
F-4 Immigrant Visa Overview
You and your brother or sister must meet certain criteria to qualify for an F-4 Immigrant Visa. You, the sibling and petitioner, must be a United States Citizen, at least 21 years old, and have a U.S. address. You must be able to establish proof of your relationship with your brother or sister through a birth certificate, or if adopted, an adoption decree.
Other than determining eligibility, there are certain requirements that must be met and specific documents that need to be submitted. Once submitted, the applicant must prepare for and pass an interview with the U.S. Embassy.