The term immediate relatives is important to understand for those planning to bring their family to the USA. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) defines immediate relatives as the spouse of Green Card holders and their unmarried children under the age of 21. Moreover, parents of US citizens, provided the citizen is older than 21, are also considered immediate relatives in addition to their spouse and children under the age of 21.
The immigrant fee is an administrative fee that must be paid before entering America for the first time as a Green Card holder. This is the case for all immigrant visas processed outside of the USA.
An immigrant petition is the name for the official application submitted to the USCIS for an immigrant visa. This Green Card application can be filed for an employee and their family (work-based visa) or for a family member within the scope of family-based reunification regulations. The person filing the application is called the petitioner.
I-94 – Arrival/Departure Record
Foreigners traveling to the USA will have all their arrivals and departures electronically documented in the so-called I-94 Arrival and Departure Record by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). For the most part, commercial air and sea carriers automatically send departure records to CBP. Foreign travelers can access their arrival and departure records online.