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Can my godfather file an immigration petition for me?

My grandfather is a US citizen can he file for me? I am 18 years old?

Answer By Mengjun Qiu
The Law Offices of Kristy Qiu
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No. Petition through family have to be of first degree of consanguinity or relationship through marriage. In some cases it is allowed, for example if a minor's parents passed away and his/her grandfather became the legal guardian or adoptive parent. In your case your grandfather can petition your parents and you can tag along with them since you're under 21. But hurry up, it's a long process and you only have 3 years left.

Answer Applies to: Florida
Replied: 8/18/2011

Answer By Reza Athari
Reza Athari & Associates, PLLC
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Unfortunately no. Not a grandfather nor a godfather.

Answer Applies to: Nevada
Replied: 8/18/2011

Answer By William D. Fong
Fong & Associates
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No, a grandparent is not a qualifying US relative for immigration purposes.

Answer Applies to: Texas
Replied: 8/18/2011

Answer By Alexander Segal
Law Offices of Grinberg and Segal
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It is unclear if the person is your godfather or your grandfather. However, neither your godfather nor your grandfather could petition for you to receive an immigrant visa. You need a parent, sibling, adult son/daughter, or spouse to petition for you depending upon their status.

Answer Applies to: New York
Replied: 8/18/2011

Answer By Nora Rilo
Law Office of Nora Rilo
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No, at least not directly. He would have to petition his child and you would included as a derivative.

Answer Applies to: Florida
Replied: 8/18/2011

GK Law Firm
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No, he can file for his son or daughter and then your mother/father can file for you.

Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 8/17/2011

Answer By Marie Michaud
Marie Michaud Attorney At Law
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No he can't. American citizens can file for their spouses, their own children, and their siblings. Permanent residents can file for their spouses and unmarried children. Grandfathers can not file for a grandchildren.

Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 8/17/2011

Answer By Aime Katambwe
World Esquire Law Firm
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No. He cannot, but he can file for your parent (his child) and you will get residency through them. Good luck!

Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 8/17/2011

Christian Schmidt, Attorney at Law
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No, neither your grandfather or godfather can petition you. Only your parents, brothers and sisters, or a spouse can petition you.

Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 8/17/2011

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