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 in 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 firm 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 cardholder;
- 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 nonimmigrant or 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.
Green Card/Diversity Lottery
Every year, there is an official Green Card lottery and people can apply online for this lottery. The lottery generally opens up in October and remains open for one month. There is no cost to register for the DV Program. You do not need to pay for any outside agency or service to do this for you. There are many scams out there and fraudulent programs that guarantee results. The only website to use is the official website at: https://www.dvlottery.state.gov/
Applicants who are selected in the lottery (selectees) must meet certain eligibility requirements in order to qualify for a diversity visa. Selectees are chosen through a randomized computer drawing every year. If you are selected initially, you need to respond quickly as not all who are selected will obtain Green Cards.