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Green Cards mean Permanent Residence in the US. Types of green cards include:

- Family - Close relatives of current U.S. citizens and other green card holders can apply. These include immediate family members, such as parents, siblings, children and also widows and widowers of either citizens or green card holders.

- Employment - Certain workers, and sometimes, their immediate family, may be given green cards tied to their jobs.

- Humanitarian - Refugees, asylum seekers, and those victims of human trafficking, crime or abuse are eligible to receive green cards.

- Green card lottery winners - Each year, the U.S. government randomly selects up to 50,000 people from a pool of entries it receives from six geographic regions, such as Africa, Asia, and Oceania. Priority is given to those from countries that have had little immigration to the United States in recent years. 

Once you find the category that may fit your situation, get in touch with us to get information on eligibility requirements, how to apply, and whether your family members can also apply with you.

Green Card via Employment

Green Card via Investment

Green Card via Family

Green Card as a Special Immigrant

Green Card via Asylee or Refugee Status

Green Card for Human Trafficking and Crime Victims

Green Card for Victims of Abuse

Green Card via Registry

Green Card via Other Categories

Green Card

Green Card via Family

Immediate Relatives of U.S. Citizen
If you are an immediate relative of a U.S. citizen, you can get a Green Card based on your family relationship if you meet certain eligibility requirements.

You are an immediate relative if you are:

- The spouse of a U.S. citizen;
- The unmarried child under 21 years of age of a U.S. citizen; or
- The parent of a U.S. citizen (if the U.S. citizen is 21 years of age or older).

Other relative of a U.S. citizen 

Family member of a U.S. citizen, meaning you are the: 

- Unmarried son or daughter of a U.S. citizen and you are 21 years old or older
- Married son or daughter of a U.S. citizen
- Brother or sister of a U.S. citizen who is at least 21 years old
- Family member of a lawful permanent resident, meaning you are the: 
- Spouse of a lawful permanent resident
- Unmarried child under the age of 21 of a lawful permanent resident
- Unmarried son or daughter of a lawful permanent resident 21 years old or older

Fiancé(e) of a U.S. citizen or the fiancé(e)’s child

- Person admitted to the U.S. as a fiancé(e) of a U.S. citizen (K-1 nonimmigrant)
- Person admitted to the U.S. as the child of a fiancé(e) of a U.S. citizen (K-2 nonimmigrant)

Widow(er) of a U.S. citizen

  - Widow or widower of a U.S. citizen and you were married to your U.S. citizen spouse at the time your spouse died

VAWA self-petitioner– victim of battery or extreme cruelty

- Abused spouse of a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident
- Abused child (unmarried and under 21 years old) of a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident
- Abused parent of a U.S. citizen

Green Card via Employment

Immigrant Worker

- Extraordinary ability in the sciences, arts, education, business or athletics, or
- An outstanding professor or researcher, or
- A multinational manager or executive who meets certain criteria

- A member of a profession that requires an advanced degree, or
- Exceptional ability in the sciences, arts, or business, or
- Seeking a national interest waiver

- A skilled worker (meaning your job requires a minimum of 2 years training or work experience), or
- A professional (meaning your job requires at least a U.S. bachelor's degree or a foreign equivalent and you are a member of the profession), or
- An unskilled worker (meaning you will perform unskilled labor requiring less than 2 years training or experience)

Physician National Interest Waiver    

- A physician who agrees to work full-time in clinical practice in a designated underserved area for a set period of time and also meets other eligibility requirements

Immigrant investor    

- Have invested or are actively in the process of investing at least $1 million (or $500,000 in a targeted employment area) in a new commercial enterprise in the U.S. which will create full-time positions for at least 10 qualifying employees

Green Card via Investment

Green Card as a Special Immigrant

Religious worker    

- A member of a religious denomination coming to the U.S. to work for a nonprofit religious organization

Special Immigrant Juvenile    

- A juvenile who needs the protection of a juvenile court because you have been abused, abandoned or neglected by a parent.

Afghanistan or Iraq national 
   

- An Afghan or Iraqi translator or interpreter for the U.S. government;
- An Iraqi employed by or for the U.S. government in Iraq on or after March 20, 2003, for at least one year; or
- An Afghan employed by the U.S. government or International Security Assistance Force (ISAF).

International broadcaster 
   

- Coming to work in the U.S. as a member of the media for the U.S. Agency for Global Media (USAGM) or a USAGM grantee.

Employee of an international organization or family member or NATO-6 employee or family member 
   

- A retired officer or employee of an eligible international organization or NATO, or are an eligible family member of such an employee.

- Granted asylum status at least 1 year ago
- Admitted as a refugee at least 1 year ago

Green Card via Asylee or Refugee Status

Green Card for Human Trafficking and Crime Victims

- Human trafficking victim and currently have a T nonimmigrant visa
- Crime victim and currently have a U nonimmigrant visa

Green Card for Victims of Abuse

VAWA self-petitioner – victim of battery or extreme cruelty
    

- The abused spouse of a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident
- The abused child (unmarried and under 21 years old) of a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident
- The abused parent of a U.S. citizen

Special Immigrant Juvenile
    

- A child who has been abused, abandoned, or neglected by your parent and you have SIJ status
- An abused (victim of battery or extreme cruelty) spouse or child under the Cuban Adjustment Act    
- The abused spouse or child of a Cuban native or citizen

An abused (victim of battery or extreme cruelty) spouse or child under Haitian Refugee Immigrant Fairness Act (HRIFA)
    

- The abused spouse or child of a lawful permanent resident who received his or her Green Card based on HRIFA

Green Card through Registry

- If you have resided continuously in the U.S. since before Jan. 1, 1972.

Green Card through Other Categories

Liberian Refugee Immigration Fairness (LRIF)
    

- A Liberian national who has been continuously physically present in the United States since Nov. 20, 2014, or
- The spouse, child under age 21, or unmarried son or daughter over the age of 21 of a qualifying Liberian national.

Diversity Immigrant Visa Program  
  

- Selected for a diversity visa in the Department of State’s diversity visa lottery

Cuban Adjustment Act 
   

- A Cuban native or citizen, or
- The spouse or child of a Cuban native or citizen
- An abused (victim of battery or extreme cruelty) spouse or child under the Cuban Adjustment Act    
- The abused spouse or child of a Cuban native or citizen

Dependent status under the HRIFA   
 

- The spouse or child of a lawful permanent resident who received his or her Green Card based on the Haitian Refugee Immigration Fairness Act (HRIFA)
- An abused (victim of battery or extreme cruelty) spouse or child under HRIFA    
- The abused spouse or child of a lawful permanent resident who received his or her Green Card based on HRIFA

Lautenberg parolee
    

- Paroled into the U.S. as a Lautenberg parolee

Indochinese Parole Adjustment Act of 2000 
   

- A native or citizen of Vietnam, Kampuchea (Cambodia), or Laos who was paroled into the U.S. on or before Oct. 1, 1997 from Vietnam under the Orderly Departure Program, a refugee camp in East Asia, or a displaced person camp administered by UNHCR in Thailand.

American Indian born in Canada   
 

- Born in Canada, possess at least 50% American Indian blood, and maintain your principal residence in the United States.
Person born in the United States to a foreign diplomat 
 - Born in the United States to a  foreign diplomatic officer who was stationed in the U.S. when you were born.

Section 13 (diplomat)  
  

- Stationed in the United States as a foreign  diplomat or high ranking official and are unable to return home.

 

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