Most people who apply for immigrant petitions have a family member who petitions immigration so that the family member can apply for permanent residence. The application that has to be filed with immigration is called a family petition. A permanent resident can apply for a spouse, an unmarried child under age 21, or an unmarried son or daughter who is 21 years of age or older. A US citizen can apply for husband or wife, unmarried son or daughter under age 21, an unmarried son or daughter age 21 or older, brothers or sisters, and parents. These petitions are sent to immigration and when they are approved the petitioner is sent a receipt from immigration. When a permanent resident applies for a relative, that relative is placed in the priority system and has to wait to apply for a permanent resident visa. Sometimes this wait can be several years. When a citizen applies for an immediate relative, the process is much faster. Immediate relatives are spouses, parents, or single children under 21 years of age. When a citizen applies for a married son or daughter age 21 or older or a brother or sister the relative is placed in the priority system and again the wait can be a very long time. Call our office and we can help you and you relatives though this complicated system.