Definitions for "Immediate relative"
An immigrant who is exempt from the numerical limitations imposed on immigration to the United States due to his/her close relationship to a U.S. citizen. Immediate relatives, if they meet certain legal requirements, include spouses of citizens, children and stepchildren of citizens who are under 21 years of age and unmarried, and parents of adult citizens. Under certain circumstances, an alien continues to be exempt from the limitations even if the family relationship ends, such as due to death or domestic violence.
Spouses, parents, and children of U.S. Citizens
Spouse, widow(er) and unmarried children under the age of 21 of an American citizen. A parent is an immediate relative if the American citizen is 21 years of age or older. There are no numerical limits to immigration of immediate relatives.