How to Get A Green Card
Daily, people contact our immigration office asking "how can I get
a green card?". Below are the most common methods to obtain permanent
residency in the United States, which will lead to United States Citizenship.
Green Card Through Family
The most common way people receive a green card in the United States is
through a family petition. A family member who is a United States Citizen
can petition for their spouse, parents, children and siblings. If the
family member is a permanent resident, he or she can only petition for
their children or spouse. In many circumstances, be prepared to wait a
long time until your priority date becomes current. For immediate family
members such as a spouse, see our blog on "How to get a Green Card Through Marriage."
Green Card Through Employer
Another way one can obtain permanent residency is if their employer petitions
for them through a process known as
PERM Labor Certification. Once this process is complete and the requirements met, you will be able
to obtain permanent residency in the United States.
Green Card Through the Diversity (DV) Lottery
A select few are lucky enough to be selected in the annual State Department's
Diversity Lottery. This method is not available for people from every
countries, although most countries are eligible. To enroll in the DV lotto,
US Department of State Registration Site. Registration is conducted annually between October and November.
There are two programs immigration investment options. The most commonly
known is the
EB-5 program, sometimes referred to as the "$1,000,000 green card" requires
an investment of $500,000 or $1,000,000. This process is quite complex
and requires that you place your money at risk and create ten full time
jobs for US employees. Another way which does
not directly lead to a green card is the
E-2 visa, which allows you to remain in the United States so long as you are operating
a bona fide business.
Victims of Crime (U Visa)
For some, the options above are not available. However, a skilled immigration
lawyer may be able to pinpoint events in your past that may make you eligible for a
U visa. A U-visa requires that you be a victim of crime, suffer harm, and help
in the prosecution of the accused.
Some individuals have left their home countries not because they wanted
to, but because they had to. Usually, this is due to fear of being harmed,
often referred to as "persecution." An approved
asylum application will lead to a green card.
Extraordinary Ability or National Interest Waiver
Other people possess great success in their carreers or can other contribute
to the national interest of the United States. These individuals can self-petition under an
EB-1 program or through a
national interest waiver.
The above list is not exhausitive, but lists the most common methods of
obtaining a green card in the United States, which will eventually lead
to citizenship. Each method is complex which requires thorough examination
and preparation by an immigration lawyer. Contact a skilled green card
attorney today to discuss which option, if any, is available to you.