I (US Citizen) am planning on initiating a petition process for my step-children (my wife's children) who are currently residing in Manila, Philippines.Question 1: Can I petition my step-children, if yes what are the immediate steps to take?Question 2: If my wife (permanent resident) petition her children will she be able to process the petition faster than I could or would you recommend I initiate the petition?
State/Country relating to question: California
How old were the children when you and your wife married?
The children were 21 years old (male); 19 years old (female) and the youngest is 17 years old (male).
Thank you for your response. The only child that you would be eligible to file a petition on behalf would be the seventeen year old as a step-parent can only only file for a step-child if the child was under 18 at the time of the marriage. The immediate relative petition normally takes about 6 months to be processed and begins with the filing of USCIS I-130.As for the other children, your wife would need to file as a lawful permanent resident and unfortunately, the processing time for the two other children would be several years.
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