Cross Chargeability Law and Legal Definition

When a Green Card applicant is subject to a quota waiting list, but is the child or the spouse of persons born in a country with more favorable quota, the applicant may cross charge to the most favorable quota. Cross Chargeability allows the visa number for a principal applicant to be charged to the country of birth of the accompanying spouse if the visa number for the same category of the spouse’s country of birth is available or in shorter line. In addition, alien children may be charged to the foreign country of either parent when accompanying or following to join their parent(s). However, the children’s place of birth will not offer benefit to their parents with respect to the cross-chargeability rule.