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Different Ways to Get a Green Card

Different Ways to Get a Green Card

If you are trying to reside permanently in the United States, one of the biggest concerns on your mind is likely how to obtain a green card. In modern U.S. immigration law, many hopeful immigrants can wait ten years or more before they are issued a green card. For some lucky people, however, the wait may be much shorter.

If you’re interested in learning more about how to become a permanent resident in the United States, then keep reading. We’ve listed below some of the most common ways to obtain a green card if you or your loved ones are interested in residing in the U.S. and becoming Legal Permanent Residents and eventually U.S. Citizens.

How to Get a Green Card?

Perhaps one of the easiest ways to obtaining a U.S. green card is through an existing family relationship with a family member who is already a U.S. citizen or Legal Permanent Resident. For family-based U.S. sponsorship, spouses, children under 21 years of age, and parents of U.S. Citizens are considered “immediate relatives” and have the quickest path to obtaining a green card. However, U.S. Citizens may also Petition for their married and unmarried children as well as their siblings while Legal Permanent Residents are able to Petition for their spouse, children under 21 years of age and unmarried children over 21 years of age. Albeit, there is a much longer wait for these categories.

Another way to get a green card that many intending immigrants explore is through an employer. Unlike family-based sponsorship, employment-based green cards are very demanding on both the sponsor (the employer) and the sponsoring employee. Also, this type of green card favors immigrants who are “priority workers”, specifically those considered exceptional in their field. This includes international artists, global CEOs, or award-winning scientists.

Finally, the third most common green card type is through the Diversity Immigrant Visa (DV) – which is essentially a “lottery” for obtaining green card. The U.S. makes 55,000 green cards available for foreign nationals from countries that have low numbers of applications to the United States. Unfortunately, the chances of “winning” the DV lottery are quite low and depend a lot on luck; especially if you are a citizen of a country that already has a high number of DV applications.

Another way to obtain a green card may be through investing in a U.S. Visa via the Eb-5 Visa. This does require a very large investment ($1.8 million or $900,00 in targeted employment areas) and not everyone may be able to go this route.

United States Green Card Process

Once you’ve identified the best way for you to obtain a green card and filed your application, the waiting period begins. What is known as the “Immigrant Visa Preference Categories” affects how long you will wait for your application to get processed. Some categories are faster than others if the demand is low. Other categories may have 10 to 25-year waitlists. It Is best to file your U.S. residency application as soon as possible in order for the processing times and priority dates to begin running; especially if you are not planning on using an immediate family member as your sponsorship to U.S. residency.

Gaining permanent residency in the U.S is not an easy or straightforward process.  At Dominguez Law Firm, PLLC, they are dedicated to assisting their clients in navigating the immigration process and ensure it is as smooth and stress-free as possible. They offer representation in all types of immigration matters, including Family-Based Petitions, Employment-Based Petitions and Adjustment of Status, Cuban Adjustment Act, TPS, U-Visa, VAWA, Waivers of Inadmissibility, Asylum, Removal Defense, and more. Contact Dominguez Law Firm today if you’re interested in learning more about how you or your loved one can become an American citizen as stress-free as possible.