In July 2014, The Supreme Court announced a decision involving green card petitions for derivative children of immigrant relatives. Until the decision is made, a United States Citizen could petition for his/her relatives and their children and once the relatives obtained their green cards, the children would obtain their green cards soon enough without a long waiting period.
However, after the recent Supreme Court decision children will now have to go back to the end of the line and wait for their turn in the green card process. This means that if the child turns 21 while waiting in line, he/she cannot benefit from his/her parents’ green cards. In order to prevent the aging over of children, we advise our clients to file their immediate relative applications as soon as possible.
Remzi G. Kulen