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Immediate Relatives

Listed below are the types of relatives that a U.S. citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident may petition for immigration in the immediate relatives category, including orphans. Grandparents, aunts, uncles, in-laws and cousins may not sponsor a relative for immigration. 

Spouse or Minor Child of a U.S. Citizen including a new spouse and his/her child(ren) on K-3 and K-4 Visas

An immigrant visa may only be processed for a child if he/she has no claim to U.S. citizenship.

Fiancé(e) of a U.S. citizen and their children (K-1 & K-2 Visas)

Parent of a U.S. Citizen

U.S. citizen must be 21 or over
Step-parent or child of a U.S. Citizen

The step-parent/step-child relationship must begin before the child’s 18th birthday

Spouse of a deceased U.S. citizen

Petition must be filed within 2 years of the death of the U.S. citizen


After 8/15/2011, U.S. Citizens residing in Nepal may no longer file I-130 “Petition for Alien Relative” at U.S. Embassy Kathmandu.  Please click here for more detail:

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