02 Sep Ways To Get A Green Card
How To Get A Green Card in the USA Without Marriage?
If you were not born in the United States and are looking to make America your home long-term, you will need first to get an American green card. You may be wondering how to obtain a green card – especially if you do not have a spouse or significant other that is a U.S. citizen. In general, there are three different groups you can fall into when it comes to ways to get a green card.
Below, we’ll discuss how to get a green card in the USA without getting married to a U.S. citizen and how long does it take to legally immigrate to the U.S.
Ways To Get A Green Card
As mentioned above, there are three eligibility categories a foreign national can fall into to get a green card:
- Family-based green cards
- Employment-based green cards
- Special immigrant green cards
While a marriage-based green card is one of the most popular ways to U.S. residency, there is a penalty for marriage fraud in order to obtain a green card in this way. The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) sees this as a federal crime, and you could face serious consequences.
Every year, tens of thousands of employment-based green cards are given to foreign nationals. In most cases, employment-based green cards are given to people who have a job offer from a U.S. employer, and the employer will be the one to file the petition on behalf of their employee. Family-based visas are another common option. It’s important to note that these green cards are only available to spouses, siblings, parents, and dependant children of U.S. citizens and permanent residents. Finally, special immigrant green cards are another option. To be eligible for this type of green card, you must be able to prove you are either a religious worker, international broadcaster, Afghan or Iraqi national who served as a translator for the U.S. government, special immigrant juvenile, or an employee of an international organization like the World Trade Organization.
How Long Does it Take To Get Green Card
Depending on how you are applying for U.S. residency will affect how long you wait for your application to be processed. First, however, your sponsor will need to file a petition based on the type of green card you are eligible for. Supporting documentation and filing fees will also need to be sent to the USCIS. After your petition has been approved, you will then need to file Form I-485 and schedule an interview with either the USCIS or the nearest U.S. embassy or consular office. Within 30 days of your interview, you will be informed whether or not your application was approved. If approved, you can expect your green card to arrive a few months after that.
If you are trying to get an American green card but aren’t sure where to start, it’s always best to speak to a professional immigration attorney. 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. Contact them today to discuss your immigration needs and goals.