In the eyes of immigration law, a beneficiary is a person, alien, who a legal citizen files a petition for. This petition asks that the person be granted immigration benefits from the United States Immigration and Naturalization Service. These aliens typically receive the status of being lawful because of their relationship with a U.S. employer, U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident.

Here is a bit more information from the federal government about beneficiaries:

  1. There is a family preference category. This is given to relatives of lawful permanent residents and U.S. citizens. Relatives are classified into first, third and fourth preference. First preference is given to unmarried children over the age of 21. Third is given to married children, fourth is given to siblings over the age of 21. There is also a second preference. These are spouses, children and unmarried children over the age of 21 of people who are permanent residents of the country.
  2. The beneficiary themself may not file for premium processing. The person filing the notice of appearance is the only person who can file for Premium Processing Service for the person named in the petition. If a person filed a self-petition, they can ask for premium processing.

Any person who wishes to file a petition for a beneficiary and needs assistance should consult an attorney experienced in immigration law. A lawyer can help a person fill out the right forms accurately and ensure that they will not be returned or declined due to a mistake.


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