About F-1 Visa
F-1 is the first-preference family-based visa designed for unmarried sons and daughters of US citizens 21 years of age or older. Currently there is a quota of 23,400 for the first preference category.
If the beneficiary is an adopted child, he or she can apply for F-1 as long as the adoption procedure occurs before the adopted child turns 16 years old, and his or her parents have obtained legal guardianship for 2 years, and the applicant and the US citizen have been living together for 2 years (legal adoption procedures are completed before the applicant turns 16 years old, or the petitioner and the beneficiary have been living together for 2 years, of which the period of time preceding the adoption can be counted).
Stepchildren, on the other hand, need their stepparent and biological parent to be married before stepchildren turn 18 years of age in order to be eligible for F-1.
If you are in the US, you can submit I-485 through the USCIS to petition your foreign-citizen family member to adjust to a Green Card within the US. If your family member is abroad, then your case will be referred to National Visa Center (NVC) to be reviewed, who will later redirect it to the US Consulate in your foreign-citizen family member’s country to be processed.
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