Can I sponsor my dad and his wife if I am 21 and a US citizen? 8 Answers as of February 17, 2011

My dad remarried after being divorced from my biological mother. Under "Immediate Relative," can I include my dad's wife (my stepmom)? Will they be able to enter the US together?

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Feldman Feldman & Associates, PC
Feldman Feldman & Associates, PC | Lynne Feldman
Your Dad is an immediate relative but your Stepmom is not. I would suggest obtaining permanent residency for your Dad and he can then petition for his spouse - this would take awhile as she would not be an immediate relative. There may be other options for them to come together but I would need to know more about both of them - I suggest you set up a consultation to go over various possibilities.

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Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 2/17/2011
Carlos E. Sandoval, P.A.
Carlos E. Sandoval, P.A. | Carlos Sandoval
It depends on whether they got married before you were 18 years old. If the answer is yes then it could be possible for you to sponsor your step mother as if she was your mother.
Answer Applies to: Florida
Replied: 1/29/2011
Law Office of Immigration & International Trade Law
Law Office of Immigration & International Trade Law | Linda Liang
If your step Mom did not legally adopt you, you can only petition for your Dad at this time. Good luck!
Answer Applies to: Florida
Replied: 1/28/2011
Calderón Seguin PLC
Calderón Seguin PLC | Ofelia L. Calderon
Yes, if the step-child relationship was created prior to your 18th birthday and if you have not petitioned for your biological mother. Otherwise, you can only sponsor your father and he would then have to sponsor his new wife which of course will take some time.
Answer Applies to: Virginia
Replied: 1/28/2011
Javia & Moore
Javia & Moore | Marisa-Andrea Moore
This should pose no problems provided that there are no other issues.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 1/28/2011
    Pauly P.A.
    Pauly P.A. | Clemens W. Pauly
    As long as the step-parent relationship was established before you turned 18, you can petition for your step-mom.
    Answer Applies to: Florida
    Replied: 1/28/2011
    Nicastro Piscopo, APLC
    Nicastro Piscopo, APLC | Louis M. Piscopo
    If your father and his new wife (your step-mother) were married before you turned 18 years then you can petition both of them. Two separate petitions are required. If they were married after you turned 18 years, then she would not qualify as your step-mother for immigration purposes and you cannot petition her. Your father would have to petition her after he becomes a Legal Permanent Resident.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 1/28/2011
    Law Office of Christine Troy
    Law Office of Christine Troy | Christine Troy
    Since you are over 21 and a USC, you are able to sponsor your father for a green card. Your ability to immediately sponsor his wife depend upon when they were married. If before your 18th birthday, then she is considered your step mother and you can separately sponsor her. Otherwise she will need her husband to apply for her once he is a green card holder. It will take several years for her to apply based on that category so she would need to find a different way to reside in the US. until that time- student, work, etc.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 1/28/2011
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