There are a variety of ways to get your green card. At The Law Offices of Stephanie DiPietro, we know them all, including obscure parts of immigration law that you will not hear about from “jack of all trades” lawyers.
The steps to becoming a Green Card holder (permanent resident) vary by category and depend on whether you currently live inside or outside the United States. The main categories are:
Through a Job
Through Refugee or Asylee Status
Although most immigrants come to live permanently in the United States through a family member’s sponsorship, employment, or a job offer, there are other ways a Green Card (permanent residence) can be obtained, such as the:
Diversity Immigrant Visa Program (referred to by many as the ‘Green Card Lottery’)
K Nonimmigrant (includes fiancé(e))
Legal Immigration Family Equity (LIFE) Act
Special Immigrant Juvenile (SIJ) Status
Who is a Green Card Holder (Permanent Resident)?
A Green Card holder (permanent resident) is someone who has been granted authorization to live and work in the United States on a permanent basis. As proof of that status, a person is granted a permanent resident card, commonly called a “Green Card.” You can become a permanent resident several different ways. Most individuals are sponsored by a family member or employer in the United States. Other individuals may become permanent residents through refugee or asylee status or other humanitarian programs. In some cases, you may be eligible to file for yourself.
This page can be found at: http://www.uscis.gov/greencard
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