Family Second Preference Law and Legal Definition

Family Second Preference is a limited category used in family immigration to identify spouses, minor children, and unmarried sons and daughters (over age 20) of lawful permanent residents. Family Second Preference Green Cards are issued to:

1. Foreign nationals married to U.S. Permanent Residents (Green Card holders);

2. Unmarried children (any age) of U.S. Permanent Residents (Green Card holders);

3. Unmarried stepchildren of lawful permanent residents, if the marriage creating the stepchild relationship took place before the child's 18th birthday; and

4. U.S. Permanent Residents to sponsor the Green Card application of their foreign spouse or unmarried children (any age).

At least seventy-seven percent of all visas available for this category are given to the spouses and children and only the remainder will be allocated to unmarried sons and daughters.