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I just got my permanent green card for 10 yrs. Can I petition for my parents?

Vallejo, CA |

When could it be possible to petition my parents when I have only the permanent green card.

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No. Permanent residents cannot petition for parents; only US citizens can.

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You must be a US citizen and over 21 years old to petition your parents for a green card.


You must be a US citizen and over the age of 21 in order to petition for your parents.

Samuel Ouya Maina, Esq. 415.391.6612 Law Offices of S. Ouya Maina, PC 332 Pine Street, Suite 707 San Francisco, CA 94104


You will need to naturalize (become a United States Citizen, not just a Lawful Permanent Resident), and be over the age of 21 before you can petition for your parents.

Obtain a consultation from a local immigration attorney so they can ask the right questions in order to give you the most accurate answer. Immigration law is complicated and it is difficult to give definite answers via a public forum.

Thomas J. Baker
Law Office of Daniel M. Wigon
Associate Attorney

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