Can my brother-in-law sponsor me to become a legal permanent resident?

Asked over 5 years ago - Little Rock, AR

My sister is married to an US citizen. She's only a permanent resident, so, as far as I know, she can't file a petition for me to become a permanent resident. Could my US citizen brother-in-law help me? I am currently on a F-1 visa, attending full-time university. If he can't help, is there any other ways to become a lawful permanent resident? Thank you! Alex

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  1. Thuong-Tri Nguyen

    Contributor Level 20

    Answered . Under family-based immigration, in-law relationships are not bases to approve immigrant visa petitions. No, your brother-in-law cannot file an immigrant visa petition for you if that is your only relationship with him.

    There are many ways to become a legal permanent resident.

    You can review your facts with an attorney to see if you have any bases to apply for visas that eventually may lead to LPR.

    You can review the information at for general information to immigration.

    If you have linguistic skills or medical skills, the US Armed Forces are starting a new program to recruit aliens without LPR status. If accepted, the aliens can apply for citizenship after a period of service.

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