Different Ways To Get A US Green Card
Many people around the world dream of living in America on permanent basis. To reside
permanently in America, a foreign national must obtain a Green Card. It is not so easy to get
a Green Card as this card provides permanent residence in the United States.
Though the US government allows the foreign nationals to immigrate to America, it has a
strict evaluation system in order to make sure that no one enters the United States illegally.
There are few different ways through which a foreign national may immigrate to America.
Being a Relative of a US Citizen or Green Card Holder
There are some foreign nationals who have US citizen relatives or relatives in the United
States who are Green Card holders. Such people who are eligible to be sponsored under the
immediate relatives category or family preference category may be sponsored for permanent
resident status, by their relative in the United States.
All categories of relatives are not eligible for family based immigration. Moreover relatives
who are the immediate relatives of a US citizen may not wait for a visa number to become
available and there is no annual and numerical limit in the number of immigrant visas that are
issued to immediate relatives of US citizens. In order to sponsor a relative, the US citizen
must file Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative.
Obtaining an Employment Offer in the United States
If you are a person with exceptional ability or if you are a researcher or a professor and if you
have skills that are in short of in the United States, you may be eligible for a Green Card
under the employment preference category. To qualify for immigration based on employment,
you must be sponsored by a US employer who is offering you a job in the United States.
Immigration based on Investment in the United States
If you are a foreign national who is ready to invest at least $500,000 in a business venture in
the United States, you may apply for permanent resident status based on investment. But
remember that the investment that you make must create at least 10 new jobs to Americans.
Refugees and Asylees
Foreign citizens who enter the United States as refugees or asylees, may apply for
permanent resident status, after they reside in the United States as refugees or asylees for a
year or more.
Green Card Lottery
Green Card Lottery or the Diversity Visa Lottery is a program that is run by the US
Department of State and it grants 50,000 immigrant diversity visas to individuals from eligible
countries. Getting selected for an immigrant visa through this program in entirely based on
luck but this is a program that does not require a family member or an employer in the United
States to sponsor you.
Being Adopted by a US Citizen or a Permanent Resident
If you are a child below age 16 and if a US citizen or a permanent resident of the United
States, adopts you, you may be eligible for a Green Card through adoption.
The US Congress at times passes a private bill, if the USCIS cannot grant you lawful
permanent status in the United States, if you prove that you have strong humanitarian
reasons to remain permanently in the United States.