Can your parents prove that they were legally admitted into the country some 20 years ago? Did they enter with a passport, visa and were issued I-94 cards? If yes, but they since lost all that, there is still a way to retrieve their records of admission from DHS.
As parents of a USC you the fact that they remained illegally all these years won't matter. You can file for them as soon as the can produce copies of their lawful admission into the country.
If they were not admitted legally, then there is nothing that can be done for them right now and one must wait for the "immigration reform." Period.
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You wait three more years and then apply.
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I agree with my colleagues. To petition for your parents to live in the United States as green card holders, you must be a U.S. citizen and at least 21 years old.
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You can petition for them when you are 21. If they came legally OR if they or certain relatives were petitioned for BEFORE 30 April 2001, they MAY be bale to stay in the country. When the time comes, meet with an attorney to help you through this process. One more thing - make sure your parents DO NOT LEAVE the US until they have spoken to an attorney.
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