One of the most difficult things for a person who is coming to the United States has to do is leave some family members behind in their home country. They might promise that they will send for those family members when they settle down in America. There are specific criteria that the person will have to meet if they want to have their loved ones here.

There are different requirements for different family members. If you are trying to bring your siblings to this country, you will have some specific points to meet. One of the most important things to remember here is that you can’t bring a brother or sister here if you are a permanent resident. Instead, you must be a citizen and at least 21 years old.

You will need paperwork to back up your own status. This can be your valid U.S. passport or birth certificate. It might also be a Consular Report of Birth Abroad, your certificate of citizenship or your naturalization certificate. You also have to complete a form I-130. Other documentation might also be necessary if you are related to your sibling through adoption or a parent’s marriage.

There is a chance that the sibling immigration application will be denied. If this happens, you will receive a letter telling you why. Appeal instructions are included. Read those carefully as you must follow the process and comply with all deadlines. Filing the appeal isn’t going to be a quick or easy process; be prepared to fight to have your sibling come into this country.