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Sibling Visas:

Strengthening Family Ties Across Nations

a girl getting a sibling visa

Welcome to the Immigration Legal Center’s Guide to Sibling Visas

Are you longing to reunite with your siblings who are currently living abroad? The Immigration Legal Center extends a warm welcome and is ready to offer comprehensive guidance on sibling visas, facilitating the process of bringing families together under U.S. immigration law.

Understanding Sibling Visas:

Sibling visas, formally referred to as the Family Fourth Preference (F4) immigrant visas, serve as a pathway for U.S. citizens to sponsor their siblings for lawful permanent residency in the United States. This means that if you are a U.S. citizen and have siblings residing abroad whom you wish to bring to the United States to live permanently, you may be eligible to sponsor them through this immigration process.

While the prospect of navigating the immigration system might appear daunting, our dedicated team at the Immigration Legal Center is committed to simplifying the process for you.  Our F4 Sibling Visa Lawyer understands the significance of family reunification and is here to provide the guidance and support you need every step of the way.

Why Choose the Immigration Legal Center to be your F4 Sibling Visa Lawyer?

  1. Navigating the intricate landscape of the immigration process, particularly concerning family reunification, can undoubtedly be overwhelming. At the Immigration Legal Center, we not only recognize but deeply understand the profound significance of family reunification. Here’s why entrusting us with your sibling visa matters:
    1. Expertise: Our distinguished team of seasoned immigration attorneys specializes in various facets of immigration law, including family-based immigration such as sibling visas. Armed with a wealth of experience and expertise, we possess a comprehensive understanding of the intricate legal requirements and procedures governing sibling sponsorship.
    2. Personalized Service: We firmly believe that every case is unique, characterized by its distinct set of circumstances and aspirations. Consequently, we adopt a highly personalized approach, taking the time to intimately understand your specific needs and objectives. From the initial consultation to the issuance of the visa, we remain steadfastly committed to providing tailored guidance and unwavering support at every juncture of the journey.
    3. Communication: Clear and transparent communication lies at the heart of our client-centric philosophy. We recognize the paramount importance of keeping you informed and updated on the progress of your case. As such, we ensure open channels of communication, promptly addressing any queries or concerns that may arise along the way.
    4. Commitment to Success: Your success is not merely a goal but our unwavering commitment. Whether you’re navigating the intricacies of sibling sponsorship or encountering hurdles throughout the process, rest assured, we are steadfastly dedicated to securing a favorable outcome for you and your family. Contact our F4 Sibling Visa Lawyer today!
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A sister that just got a visa

Eligibility Requirements for a Sibling Visa / F4 Visa

Our F4 Sibling Visa Lawyer will walk you through all the qualifications, but here is general list of requirements:

  1. U.S. Citizenship: As the petitioner, you must hold U.S. citizenship. It’s crucial to note that lawful permanent residents (green card holders) are not eligible to sponsor their siblings for immigration.
  2. Age Requirement: Both you, as the petitioner, and your sibling must meet certain age criteria. You must be at least 21 years old at the time of filing the petition, while your sibling must be unmarried and under the age of 21.
  3. Proof of Relationship: Providing evidence establishing the familial relationship between you and your sibling is a fundamental requirement. This may include birth certificates, adoption papers, or other legally recognized documentation affirming your familial ties.
  4. Financial Support: As the petitioner, you must demonstrate your ability to financially support your sibling upon their immigration to the United States. This typically involves submitting an Affidavit of Support (Form I-864), affirming your commitment to providing financial assistance to your sibling.
  5. Intent to Reside in the U.S.: Both you, as the petitioner, and your sibling must demonstrate a genuine intention to reside permanently in the United States, thereby contributing to the country’s social and economic fabric.

The Application Process

Embarking on the journey towards obtaining a sibling visa involves several sequential steps, including:


Filing the Petition

As the U.S. citizen petitioner, you must initiate the process by filing Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative, with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). This form serves as the formal declaration of your intent to sponsor your sibling for immigration.

Waiting for Approval

Following the submission of your petition, USCIS will meticulously review it to ensure compliance with all eligibility criteria. Upon approval, the petition will be forwarded to the National Visa Center (NVC) for further processing.

Visa Availability

It's essential to understand that sibling visas are subject to numerical limitations, as they fall under the Family Fourth Preference category. Consequently, there may be a considerable wait time for visa availability, contingent upon factors such as your sibling's country of origin and the prevailing visa bulletin.

Completing Visa Application

Upon the availability of a visa, your sibling will be duly notified by the NVC to complete the requisite forms and undergo a comprehensive medical examination. Additionally, they will be required to attend an interview at the U.S. embassy or consulate in their country of residence.

Immigration to the U.S.

Upon the successful completion of the visa application process, including the requisite medical examinations and background checks, your sibling will be granted an immigrant visa, enabling them to travel to the United States. Upon arrival, they will attain lawful permanent residency status (green card status), marking the culmination of their journey towards reuniting with family in the U.S.


Embark on the transformative journey towards reuniting with your siblings in the United States. Contact the Immigration Legal Center today to schedule a consultation with our esteemed F4 Sibling Visa Lawyer. Let us harness our expertise and unwavering dedication to help bring your family closer together, one visa at a time.

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