This page is for information purposes only and should not be used as legal advice.  U.S. immigration law is extremely detailed and each case should be considered on an individual basis to ensure the best possibility of success.
Petitions for Immigration to the U.S.
(Green Card Applications)

A citizen or lawful permanent resident (green card holder) of the United States may submit a petition to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) to assist certain relatives to immigrate to the U.S.  These types of petitions and the time they take to be approved vary depending on the status of the petitioner (citizen or lawful permanent resident) and his or her relationship to the applicant who wishes to immigrate to the U.S.  In addition, the U.S. limits the number of immigrant visas that may be issued every year.  There are four categories of family-sponsored petitions and their order of preference is as follows:


Unmarried Sons and Daughters of U.S. Citizens


Spouses and Children, and Unmarried Sons and Daughters of Permanent Residents


Married Sons and Daughters of U.S. Citizens


Brothers and Sisters of Adult U.S. Citizens

Petitions for family-based immigration to the U.S. of Maltese citizens are handled by the U.S. Consulate in Naples, Italy.