As a permanent resident, you can apply for your spouse and children but you cannot apply for your parents. Only a US citizen can apply for parents. However, for your spouse and for your children, they do go on waiting lists. It’s called the preference category.
For spouse and children under the age of 21, they’re in a 2A preference category. Right now, for example, if you’re from Mexico, there’s probably about a two-year waiting period. If you want to petition for a son or daughter that’s over the age of 21 and you’re from Mexico, the waiting period on paper, if you file today, is 20 years. In reality, it’s over 100 years. There’s a lot of issues.
When you do find yourself in that situation, when you’re a permanent resident and you have a son or daughter over the age of 21, I highly recommend that you contact an experienced immigration attorney because there may be some other ways to get your family here.
John Sesini is an experienced immigration attorney with offices in Green Bay and Milwaukee Wisconsin. If you have any questions regarding these matters, please contact the Sesini Law Group, S.C. and schedule an initial consultation.