In regards to the majority age for immigration purposes why is it 21 and not 18 years old?

Asked almost 2 years ago - Los Angeles, CA

An American citizen can sponsor relatives after turning 21, why not 18? Also, Can the citizen petition 6 months before he turns 21 if there is a co-sponsor (income related)? Thanks

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  1. Giacomo Jacques Behar

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    Answered . That's the way it is. 21 and not 18. Most likely based on the same principle of the drinking age, due to the fact that our founders did not deem 18 years of age (as opposed to 21) to be a mature enough age for drinking hard liquor. The Immigration rules must have followed the same tradition and principles and also raise the bar for sponsoring to 21.

    No, the USC CANNOT sponsor 6 months prior. In fact, can only sponsor at the age of 21, AND ONE (1) DAY. (Please don't ask me why..)

    Myself and my staff stand ready to assist you with all your immigration needs.

  2. J Charles Ferrari

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    Answered . Because that is what Congress decided.

    J Charles Ferrari Eng & Nishimura 213.622.2255 The statement above is general in nature and does not... more
  3. F. J. Capriotti III

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    Answered . Ask your representative in the US House of Representatives and Senate ... they made the law that limits the sponsorship right to 21.


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    IMMIGRATION LAW PROFESSOR for 10 years -- LEGAL DISCLAIMER: This answer is offered for informational purposes only.... more
  4. Payam Yazdani

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    Answered . That is what Congress decided.

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  5. Otis Carl Landerholm

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    Answered . My colleagues are right.

  6. Emily Katherine Allen

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    Answered . Ask Congress.

    THIS ANSWER IS FOR INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY, DOES NOT CONSTITUTE LEGAL ADVICE, AND DOES NOT CREATE AN ATTORNEY-... more

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