- A term used in immigration for certain family members who might qualify for U.S. permanent residence. These include married or adult children of U.S. citizens, spouses or children of green card holders, and siblings of U.S. citizens over 21 years old. There is often a waiting period due to an annual limit on availability
- His sister applied for a green card as a preference relative, but she has to wait due to the annual quota.
- As a preference relative, his adult son from his previous marriage has a chance to gain permanent residency in the U.S.
- The preference relative category includes the wife of a green card holder.