How can I adopt/bring my under 17yo sister to the U.S

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How can I adopt/bring my under 17yo sister to the U.S

Im a permanent resident of the united states from Morocco married to U.S citizen. I have a 16 year old sister, she was born on February 16th of 2000. My father has passed last year and my mother is sick and needs to go to a different city from where she lives to recieve medical care every couple months, thing that makes her unable to take propre care of my sister. Which has been stressful for my sister since she can’t focus at school and she even had to relocate and live with my aunt for a year and that made things even more messed up for her. So, Im left to be the only person in this world that can take care of her so that she can have a normal life. I don’t know wether this case will qualify as adoption or will it need to be under immigration. I will be looking forward to hear your evaluation as I’m planning to act fast before the school year starts.

Thank you

Asked on July 13, 2016 under Immigration Law, Michigan

Answers:

SB Member California Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

Unfortunately, adoptions need to take place before the child turns 16 in order for them to derive any immigration benefits.  However, you can try to look into school options for her to come to the US as an international student to go to school in the US and live with you whereby you can support her and you might be able to petition for her in parallel to that for the green card although that process will take about 10-12 years.


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