F4, Visa Petition for Brother and Sister of US Citizen

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There are many types of U.S Immigrant Visas or otherwise known as Green Cards. These visas were created to give families the opportunity to reunite in the U.S. Those who qualify for these visas are the immediate family such as spouse, children, parents, and siblings. Extended family members such as grandparents, aunts, uncles, or others do not qualify for the Family Green Card.

The Family Green Cards are denoted with the prefix F. There are four types of these visas

  • The F1 visa is given to unmarried sons and daughters of U.S citizens and their minor children

  • The F2 visa is given to the spouse and minor children(F-2A visa), or adult children (F-2B visa) of U.S Lawful Permanent Residents

  • The F3 visa is given to married children of U.S citizens who will go to the U.S with their spouses and minor children

  • The F4 visa is given to siblings of U.S citizens who will go to the U.S with their spouses and minor children. For this visa to apply, the U.S citizen must be at least 21 years old.


Since so many families want to reunited in the U.S, the demand for these visas is very high. Because of this, the U.S has made the family visas with limited numbers. This means that these Green Cards have a cap on the number that can be issued each year. If your application exceeds that limit, then you will be processed in the next year depending on when you applied. These visas are then processed in chronological order.

What Are The Requirements Of The F4 (Brother And Sister) Visa?

The requirements for the F4 visa include eligibility conditions for both, the siblings of the U.S citizen who are living in a foreign country, and for the U.S citizen who wants to reunite with them.

However, the only requirement for the F4 (brother and sister) visa is that you have a sibling in the U.S who is a U.S citizen. You can be married and have children and they would qualify for the F4 visa too.

As for the U.S citizen who wants to bring their siblings in the U.S permanently, you must fulfil these conditions:

  • You must be a U.S citizen

  • You must be at least 21 years old

  • You must have siblings in a foreign country and prove it through birth certificates or adoption documents

  • You must be living in the U.S and have a valid U.S address

How To Apply For The F4 Visa?

The F4 (brother and sister) visa application process must start with the U.S citizen petitioning for his or her siblings to join in the U.S. The petition must be approved so that the siblings and their families can start to apply for the F4 visa.The U.S citizen must petition to USCIS by filing Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative. The petition must include the sibling as the main person and if the sibling is married and has minor children, it must also list the spouse and the children. This makes it easier for the whole family to get F-4 visas if the petition is approved.The petition is sent through the Department of Homeland Security and is processed within a few months. USCIS will then inform the petitioner whether it was approved or denied. If denied, they will specify the reason and the petitioner can correct the mistakes and send another petition. If the petition is approved, then the documents are sent to the National Visa Center (NVC).

The NVC then sends a package of instructions and documents to the applicants in a foreign country. The documents contain the case number and the invoice ID number. These will be used when the application procedure starts and for the applicants to pay the fees.

However, due to the cap on the number of F4 visas available each year, the applicants cannot start their application process until their priority date is current. What this means is that you can only apply for the F-4 visa when it is your turn in the chronological order of all applications for F4 visas. For example, If there are so many applications that they exceed two years of limits, then your application will be processed in the third year.

Applying For The F4 Visa

When your priority date becomes current, the NVC will inform you that you can start the application process for the F4 visa. If you as the sibling of a U.S citizen are married and have minor children, then all of you individually must submit F4 visa applications. This is completed at a U.S Embassy or Consulate in your country of residence.

File Form DS-260

Form DS-260, Immigrant Visa Electronic Application is the form that all applicants for immigrant visas must submit. You, your spouse, and children must submit a DS-260 Form. This is an online form in which you must state your background information and reasons for immigration. To access it, you must enter your NVC case number so that it can link to your approved petition. When you submit the DS-260 form, you will get a confirmation page and number which you must save to send to the NVC with your other supporting documents.

Complete Medical Examination And Vaccination

All immigrant applicants for the U.S must comply with the medical and vaccination requirements if they want to live permanently in the country. That is why the NVC will inform you on what medical check-ups and vaccines you and your family need to go through to complete the requirements for the F4 visa. You must visit licensed doctors and get the vaccines as well as fill out the documents signed by the doctor. These documents will be attached as supporting document when you will appear for Interview.

Compile documents file

Your documents file must contain all the necessary documentation which supports your case. You must convince the NVC and U.S Embassy or Consulate that you and your family fulfil all the requirements and are eligible to get the F-4 visa. The file must contain the following:

  • Your valid passports for more than 6 months after your planned entry into the U.S (your passport, your spouse’s, and minor children’s if applicable)

  • A signed Form I-864, Affidavit of Support from the U.S petitioner (applicant’s sibling)

  • Form DS-260 confirmation page

  • Medical examination and vaccination documents

  • Two photographs per individual according to the Photo Requirements

  • Your valid marriage certificate to prove your marriage

  • Birth certificates or adoption documents of your children

  • Court and criminal records and/or police certificate

  • If you have been previously married, you must bring divorce or certificates of death to prove the marriage was officially terminated

  • If you served in the military, you must bring your military records

Attend Interview

All immigrant applicants must go through an interview with an official at the U.S Embassy or Consulate in their country of residence. After the NVC makes sure that you have sent all the necessary documents, they will schedule this interview for you and you must attend it on time. If your spouse and minor children are also applying with you, they also must accompany you to the interview. The interviewer will ask questions about your background and determine whether you should get the F4 visa.

Receive The Packet from Embassy and Travel to The U.S.

If the Embassy approves your visa then it will be stamped on your passport. With that, the Embassy will also give you a package that you must bring with you when you first enter the U.S. You are not allowed to open the package under any circumstances. An immigration official at the U.S port of entry will open it and determine whether you are allowed to enter the country or not

How Much Does The F4 Visa Cost?

There are various fees that the petitioner and the applicant must pay throughout the application process for the F4 visa. The amounts vary and are set by USCIS, the Department of Homeland Security, and the individual U.S Embassy or Consulate where you are applying. The main categories of fees that must be paid are as follows:

  • Form I-130 filing fee

  • Processing fee for the Form DS-260

  • Medical examination and vaccination fees

  • Fees to get and translate all the supporting documents

  • USCIS Immigrant Fee which you must pay after you receive your visa and before you travel to the U.S. USCIS will not issue you a Green Card without you paying this fee

How Long Is The F4 Visa Processing Time?

Since the F4 visa has a cap on the number of visas issued each yet, the processing time can be very long. An F4 visa estimated time can range from 12 years to extremes of 22 years, which means that it will take long for you to be able to join your sibling in the U.S.

There Could Be Plethora Of Issues You May Encounter While Processing Your F4 Immigration Petition And For That How An Attorney For Surely Can Help You To Avoid Them?s

Let’s discuss the problems which you may face while processing your F4 Visa Petition and how the presence of an attorney in your case can avoid such issues. These issues which we are going to present here have been encountered by many applicants very often and our expert team of attorneys have resolved them efficiently. Based on our experience, you need to know about our finding below:

  • I-130 Petition for Alien relative not approved: There are many reasons for rejection, but the most common reasons are that you have not filled your form I-130 properly in such situations you will receive a Notice of Action to reject the petition from USCIS or they may send you a Request for Evidence that requests additional paperwork. In both the conditions you will face delay. Thus, it is very important that you prepare your I-130 petition correctly and submit all required documents properly or you may hire an attorney to do this for you in order to avoid rejection or delay.

  • Is your petition stuck with USCIS: Sometimes you must be wondering that why is USCIS taking so long to process your petition? You don’t know the answer and not even getting a proper response from the USCIS. One of the reasons for this could be that your I-130 petition is stuck the USCIS field office. What to do in such situation? When you hire an immigration attorney then it is his or her responsibility to keep a proper follow up in regard to your case with all the immigration government bodies. Hiring an attorney for your case avoids such issues, as it is their day to day work to keep periodic updates about the petitions of their clients.

  • DS 260 wrongly filled: Filling DS 260- Immigrant Visa form is one of the most important tasks of the process. There could be some serious consequences if your DS 260 is wrongly filled. It has been seen at the time of Interview. it can also lead to visa denial as well. We highly recommend every applicant to fill DS 260 only under the assistance of an experienced attorney or accredited representative. You can hire our team of F4 India to fill your Immigrant Visa form and process other formalities (like submitting supporting documents) on your behalf, as we have filed end number of DS 260 immigrant visa forms worldwide which have been accepted by National Visa Centre without any hassle.

  • Unnecessary delays: There could be many reasons for unnecessary delays in your case, here we are presenting the most common but important aspects which can be responsible for the delay of your case.

  • Invalid document notification:trs Sometimes you receive notification that your documents are not valid. Such situations unnecessarily delay your case. You can avoid such situations by hiring our team. Our attorney provides complete assistance in gathering valid supporting documents, proof of evidence and also prepare Affidavit of Support.

  • Doubt on sponsor's financial eligibility: Some times after submitting all the documents you come to know that your only sponsor is not enough to support you financially, and thus you need to add a joint sponsor or a household member. This also delays your case. If you have an attorney for your case then he or she will guide you to arrange and add joint sponsor or household member as per required in the beginning itself. We at F4 India conduct a complete analysis of your petition, check the finical eligibility of your sponsor and guide you with the best possible options to adopt in order to process your case smoothly.

  • Case under administrative processing: Administrative processing may take several months before completing the procedure and issuing a visa. There are possibilities that your visa could be rejected after administrative processing. After doing the administrative processing or review of additional submitted documents, your visa may be refused for a variety of reasons. Having an attorney for your case saves you from this big hassle which could be very frustrating for you.

Why F4 India is the best US Immigration Service Provider

We at F4 India, are committed to provide each client with prosperous results by considering all appropriate and resourceful choices. We tend to take personal pride in the quality of our work and our attention to details. Our Immigration Law firm has been ranked one of the best US Immigration Law Firm in India. Contact us today to book your consultation. You can also complete our inquiry form and we will contact you with the next available date. Our client’s satisfaction is paramount.

We at F4 India, are committed to provide each client with prosperous results by considering all appropriate and resourceful choices. We tend to take personal pride in the quality of our work and our attention to details. Contact us today to book your consultation. You can also complete our inquiry form and we will contact you with the next available date. Our client’s satisfaction is paramount.

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