A Green Card holder or Permanent Resident is someone who has been granted authorization to live and work in the United States on a permanent basis. As proof of that status, a person is granted a Green Card. A person can become a permanent resident several different ways. Most individuals are sponsored by a family member or an employer in the United States. Other individuals may become permanent residents through refugee or asylee status or other humanitarian programs.
Please see: https://www.uscis.gov/greencard
Our office focuses on Green Card through family and employment.
Family-based Green Cards
The following family-based categories exist:
- an immediate relative of a U.S. citizen, this includes spouses, unmarried children under the age of 21, and parents of U.S. citizen petitioners 21 or older;
- a family member of a U.S. citizen in a preference category, this includes unmarried sons or daughters over the age of 21, married children of any age, and brothers and sisters of U.S. citizen petitioners 21 or older;
- a family member of a green card holder, this includes spouses and unmarried children of the sponsoring green card holder;
- a member of a special category, this can include battered spouse or child (VAWA), a K nonimmigrant, a person born to a foreign diplomat in the United States, a V nonimmigrantor a widow/er of a U.S. Citizen.
Employment-based Green Cards
The main ways to immigrate based on a job offer, investment or employment in the U.S. are listed below:
Green Card Through a Job Offer: You may be eligible to become a permanent resident based on an offer of permanent employment in the United States. Most categories require an employer to get a labor certification and then file a Form I-140, Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker.
Green Card Through Investment: Green Cards may be available to investors/entrepreneurs who are making an investment in an enterprise that creates new U.S. jobs. Please contact us for more information about the EB-5 investment program. https://www.uscis.gov/working-united-states/permanent-workers/employment-based-immigration-fifth-preference-eb-5/about-eb-5-visa
Green Card Through Self Petition: Some immigrant categories allow you to file for yourself or self-petition”. This option is available for either “Aliens of Extraordinary Ability”, at the top of their field, or certain individuals granted a National Interest Waiver.