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I am a 46 year old green card holder who immigrated from the UK 40 years ago. I married a U.S. citizen 19 years ago. My cousin happens to be more of a brother/father figure to me due my dad’s and mines non-existent relationship and he is having a really tough time back in the UK since his mom’s passing. He desperately want to immigrate here to the U.S. The only reason that he hasn’t attempted in the past was because of his mom’s health. He sees the US as what it is… the land of opportunity, the land of the free, the home of the brave. Basically, a place for him to build his new life while being close to us, his family. The unfortunate thing is I believe that we cannot help/sponsor him because he is only a cousin. Do you happen to know if there are exceptions
to this rule or if there is a way to write a letter for some sort of special
Asked on September 19, 2018 under Immigration Law, Iowa
SB Member California Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney
Answered 4 years ago | Contributor
No, there are no exceptions to the family relationship because only certain relatives are eligible to be petitioned by US citizens. However, there are other ways to immigrate to the US, such as through business creation, employment, study, etc. If you would like to explore some other ways of coming to the US for your cousin, it would be a good idea to contact an immigration attorney to discuss the various options and feasibility of those options.
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