B. IMMIGRANTS SUBJECT TO NUMERICAL LIMITATION

Subject to certain transitional laws, immigration into the US is limited to 675,000 persons per year, not including persons in category A above. This figure is divided into 3 distinct sub categories.

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Family-Sponsored Immigrants : Preference relatives may receive all of the visas not used by Immediate Relatives, but in no case less than 226,000 visas per year globally. The per country limit is 25,620. These family-based preference categories with minimum preference limits in brackets are:
1)

F-1 First Preference : (1A) Unmarried sons and daughters of any age, of US citizen parent and children, if any.

2)

F-2 Second Preference : (2A) Spouses, and unmarried sons and daughters under the age of 21 of lawful permanent resident aliens. At least 77% of all visas available for this category will go to the spouses and children; the remainder will be allocated to unmarried sons and daughters over 21. (2B) Unmarried sons and daughters (21 years or older) of Green Card holders.

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F-3 Third Preference : Married sons and daughters of any age, who have at least one US citizen parent and their spouses and unmarried children under 21.

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F-4 Fourth Preference : Brothers and sisters of US citizens and their spouses and unmarried children under 21, provided the US citizens are of 21 years of age or over.