Permanent Residence (Green Cards) is an immigrant status for people wanting to reside permanently in the U.S. without the constraints of non-immigrant (temporary) visas. The name Green Card refers to the identification card given to you after you become a permanent resident of the US. It is also called an I-551 card or alien registration card. The green card allows you to freely live and work in the US. It is important to remember that a green card is not U.S. citizenship.
The ways to receive a green card and become a permanent resident include immigration through family, marriage, work, investment, extraordinary abilities, adoption, asylum, religious work, or even the Diversity Green Card lottery.
In general, to be eligible to apply for an immigrant visa, a foreign citizen must be sponsored by a U.S. citizen relative, U.S. permanent resident, or by a prospective employer, and be the benefociary of an approved petition. There are two broad classifications of immigrant visas which have their own subcategories:
Employment-based visas encompass a wide range of situations from the Oscar winning actor to the skilled cook and Family-based visas require a specific family tie: You must be the parent, spouse, child or sibling of a United States citizen or lawful permanent resident (uncles, aunts, cousins and grandparents cannot sponsor you directly). There is no limit to the number of people who may immigrate as an immediate relative of a United States citizen. All other categories are subject to numerical limitations.
To get started on the path to becoming a permanent resident, please contact us to schedule a consultation.