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Child summary rights under the convention on the rights of the child

Summary of the UN convention on the rights of the child

Child Summary

Convention on the rights of child. This information is for United Stated (U.S.) citizens and lawful permanent residents who wish to bring their child (ren) to live permanently in the U.S. : Information concerning the new K (advance admission for the spouse and children of a U.S. citizen) and new V (advance admission for the spouse and the minor children of a lawful permanent resident) nonimmigrant categories is available on the temporary visa section of our site.

Convention on the Rights of the Child

The immigration law defines a “child” as an unmarried person under the age of 21 (a minor) who is one of the following:

  • A stepchild if the marriage creating the step relationship took place before the child reached the age of 18
  • A child adopted who is under the age of 18 and the natural sibling of an orphan or adopted child under the age of 16, if adopted with or after the sibling. The child must also otherwise fit the definition of orphan or adopted child.

What is the Convention on the Rights of the Child summary?

There is a three-step process for your child or son or daughter to become a legal immigrant. You must obtain INS approval of an immigrant visa petition that you file for convention on the rights of child, son or daughter. The State Department must then give your son or daughter an immigrant visa number, even if they is already in the United States. If your child or son or daughter is outside the United States, they will be notified to go to the local U.S. consulate to complete the processing for an immigrant visa when one becomes available.

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Immigration Lawyer

A U.S. citizen may petition for:

  • A child (unmarried and under 21 years of age)
  • An unmarried son or daughter (over 21 years of age)
  • A married son or daughter of any age

A Summary Guide to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

A lawful permanent resident may petition for:

  • A child (unmarried and under 21 years of age)
  • An unmarried son or daughter (over 21 years of age)
  • A lawful permanent resident may not petition for a married son or daughter.
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